Concerns about future of planned Sunderland supermarket
A Sunderland councillor is urging supermarket chain Morrisons to commit to opening a planned new store close to the city centre.
Liberal Democrat councillor for Millfield, Niall Hodson, has contacted Morrisons urging them to commit to plans to open a new store in the same building as B&Q on Trimdon Street, Deptford.
The supermarket chain first announced the plan in 2014, which was due to create 300 jobs.
B&Q recently completed works to reduce the size of their Trimdon Street store, leaving half the building vacant for Morrisons to move in.
However, doubts have been raised about the future of the store after the Sunderland Echo revealed on Friday that Morrisons have stalled their plans to open a new supermarket at Dalton Park.
The firm have announced that they are reviewing their ‘new store formats’. It was previously announced that the planned Trimdon Street store would be a ‘fresh format’ store.
The Dalton Park decision has sparked fears that the planned store for Deptford could also face delay, or be scrapped altogether.
Commenting, local Lib Dem councillor Niall Hodson said:
“The plans for a new Morrisons store next to B&Q in Deptford would provide hundreds of local jobs and would bring a supermarket closer to people living in Millfield.
“However, in light of Morrisons’ decision to delay opening new stores like the one in Dalton Park many residents are now worried as they haven’t heard any news about when the supermarket is due to open, and wonder if it is still going ahead at all.
“I’ve written to Morrisons to ask for an update, and will be urging them to commit to this new store in Deptford.”