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Sainsbury's to take over B&Q store in York

THE B&Q superstore and warehouse in Hull Road in York is set to close and be replaced by a Sainsbury’s supermarket, it has been announced today.

Sainsbury’s will create around 300 new jobs, while the DIY giant B&Q will look for an alternative site in the same area and will keep its other York store at Clifton Moor, the companies said in a joint statement.

B&Q has notified staff at the Hull Road store of its plans.

Bruno Moore, head of town planning for Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re delighted that this opportunity has opened up to us and we are looking forward to the possibility of opening a new store in York and playing a big role in the local community.”

Steven Blair, covering northern divisional director for B&Q, said: “B&Q has a strong presence in York having opened our first store at Foss Island in 1986. We intend to continue to offer our York customers a choice of two stores going forward.

"Through this deal we intend to secure a new store to replace our store at Hull Road. The new, replacement store will continue to offer our York customers everything they expect from B&Q and additionally will offer more help and advice to make undertaking their home improvement projects even easier.

“It is with regret that we announce our intention to close the store at Hull Road but we will continue to serve our customers there to the highest possible standard over the coming months.”

The new Sainsbury’s store will have a sales area of around 60,000 sq ft and the supermarket firm plans to consult with the local community before submitting a planning application to City of York Council.

It has already told the council its intentions but the application is needed because current planning rules restrict the goods that can be sold on the site to DIY goods only.

Mr Blair added: “In addition to being committed to local employment, our stores support a nominated local charity, and we run a nationwide Active Kids programme that helps invest in sporting equipment in schools.

“We intend to hold a public exhibition about our proposals later this year, and will be in touch with neighbouring residents and businesses to discuss our plans over the coming months.”

James Alexander, leader of City of York Council, said: "I'm pleased to see that not only is Sainsbury's looking to increase its investment in York, along with a commitment to providing job opportunities first and foremost for York residents, but that B&Q will be maintaining its current offer of two stores in the city and associated jobs.

“This news is once again a clear demonstration of the confidence retailers have in investing in the city. We stand ready to support B&Q to find an appropriate location and premises for their new second store".

Source : Gavin Aitchison - The Press

07 October 2013
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