Lo­cal store on your doorstep

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SAINS­BURY’S is look­ing to open one of its Lo­cal con­ve­nience stores in Ruis­lip, cre­at­ing up to 25 jobs.

The su­per­mar­ket gi­ant has con­firmed plans to lodge a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion with Hilling­don Coun­cil “im­mi­nently”, hav­ing al­ready ap­plied for an al­co­hol li­cence.

It wants to take over the for­mer Nisa con­ve­nience store in High Street, which used to house a Post Of­fice, be­fore this moved to a new lo­ca­tion in the same road in Oc­to­ber last year.

De­vel­op­ers have be­gun work on the prop­erty in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a new oc­cu­pant, but Sains­bury’s still needs to se­cure a lease.

A spokes­woman for Sains­bury’s said the planned open­ing would cre­ate be­tween 20 and 25 jobs, which she said would be mostly filled by peo­ple living nearby.

She added: “As a re­spon­si­ble re­tailer, we seek to play an ac­tive role in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, which in­cludes pro­mot­ing safer neigh­bour­hoods.

“An ex­am­ple of this is our ‘Think 25 Pol­icy’, whereby col­leagues are trained to check the age of any­one buy­ing al­co­hol if they ap­pear to be aged 25 or un­der.

“Each of our stores sup­port a nom­i­nated lo­cal char­ity ev­ery year and Sains­bury’s also runs a na­tion­wide Ac­tive Kids pro­gramme that helps in­vest in sport­ing equip­ment for schools and lo­cal groups.

“Since 2005, Hilling­don has ben­e­fit­ted from £1,089,649.”

The su­per­mar­ket com­pany op­er­ates more than 700 of its smaller Lo­cal stores across the coun­try, along­side more than 500 su­per­stores.

In South Ruis­lip, the com­pany has been em­broiled in a legal row with de­vel­op­ers hop­ing to build a ri­val Asda, a cinema com­plex, restau­rants and hous­ing on the for­mer Arla dairy site, at a cost of £100m.

NEW STORE: Sains­bury’s want to open a Lo­cal store on the site of the old Nisa

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