The Co-op has put forward plans to demolish buildings at one of its Derbyshire stores and create shops that could generate up to 20 new jobs.
Central England Co-operative has submitted plans to Amber Valley Borough Council which involve pulling down a disused building at a site in Nottingham Road, Alfreton.
The Co-op already has a convenience store and petrol station on the site – which was formerly home to a Peugeot car dealership and a Texaco filling station.
Behind the convenience store is a derelict brick warehouse, which once formed part of the old car dealership.
Now, the Co-op wants to bulldoze that building and in its place build two 2,000 sq ft retail units, which it would let out to other retailers.
The Co-op wants to pull down a building behind its existing convenience store and filling station
Depending on the tenant, it estimates that the development could create up to 20 jobs.
Extra parking would also be created. At present, the current Co-op store on the site has 13 spaces, including one disabled space.
The development would see this increased to 36 spaces, with the number of disabled spaces rising to three.
In planning documents submitted to the borough council by Henry Mein Partnership, on behalf of Central England Co-operative, it said: “The proposed layout, scale and appearance of the development pays good regard to the existing character of the surrounding area and the constraints and context of the site itself.
The site used to be home to a Peugeot car dealership
“The new units will be built to a high standard, to match the existing modern convenience store, ancillary to the filling station.
“This will complete the development of the site, and offer additional products and services for customers. The development will generate a number of full and part-time jobs for the town.”
Last year, Central England Co-operative invested more than £2 million in its Derbyshire operations – opening two new food stores, revamping four others and refurbishing two of its funeral homes. The Co-op has said that further investment is planned during 2018.
The application for the Alfreton site also comes as the Co-op announced its trading performance over the Christmas and New Year period.
It said that in the three weeks ending January 6, like-for-like sales grew 2.4% compared to the same period 12 months prior. Its core convenience store business led the way with sales growing by 6.2%.
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Source: Derby Telegraph