Store wars hotting up

A HUGE growth in supermarkets in the borough is continuing with two more chains revealing plans to expand.

Sainsbury’s want to build a new store in Millingford Industrial Estate, in Bridge Street, Golborne, which could create more than 400 jobs.

And Asda have revealed they are set to convert the former Netto store in Windermere Road, Leigh.

Proposals have also been unveiled to demolish part of Sainsbury’s, in Parsonage Retail Park, Leigh, to create a new customer car park.

It is believed developers Brookhouse Group are looking to expand the store, which recently underwent a £3.5m makeover, and hope to create new access to the site from Atherleigh Way.

It follows a huge rise in the number of supermarkets in the borough with the ongoing development of a Tesco Extra store, at the new Loom retail park, in Spinning Jenny Way, Leigh, as well as the construction of a Morrisons supermarket at Leigh Sports Village.

Developers also want to build a new supermarket on the site of the historic Howe Bridge Mill, in Atherton.

Michael Morris, development surveyor for Sainsbury’s, said: “We believe we have found the best site to build a new Sainsbury’s store in Golborne.

“The store plans would create more than 400 jobs and the majority of positions are likely to be filled by local people. We will not submit a planning application until we have fully consulted with the local community.”

A public exhibition will be held next week to give residents the chance to view plans for the new store.

The proposals would also include a petrol filling station, a 480-space car park which would be open to town centre shoppers and a sensitive landscaping plan to make a feature of the local watercourse that runs through the site.

The two-day public consultation will take place at Golborne Library from 10am to 6.30pm on July 15 and from 9.30am to 12.30pm on July 16.

Asda will be adding to its supermarket in Atherleigh Way, Leigh, with a new store in Windermere Road. The former Netto outlet will close on Saturday, August 6, while the £500,000 refit gets under way. It is expected to reopen on Monday, August 22.