WORK on Sainsbury’s new Montrose store is due to begin in February, the company announced this week.
If all goes according to plan the supermarket, Sainsbury’s first in Angus, will be finished in late autumn.
Planning permission for the 22,500 sq ft store, which will be on the former Lochside Distillery site on Brechin Road, was granted September and the decision followed on from extensive public consultation with the local community.
The proposals also received a tremendous amount of local support, with both local residents and businesses backing plans from an early stage of the application process.
Around 30 local supporters attended Angus Council’s development standards committee meeting in August including local councillors as well as representatives of the three local community councils and Montrose Business and Retailers’ Association.
At the meeting committee members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the company’s plans for the store on the grounds that it had insufficient parking.
The designs had been amended once to increase the amount of parking from 172 spaces to 190 but planners said this still fell short of the council’s required number for a store of that size by 20 per cent.
This week Paul Miller, Sainsbury’s national development surveyor, said the company is “excited” to be entering the store’s construction phase.
He said: “We were overwhelmed by the support received and we look forward to building a store which will make Montrose proud.
“We will continue to liaise with the people of Montrose to ensure that the store will beneficial for local customers, residents and suppliers.”
The company predicts the store will create up to 200 full and part-time jobs and support food and drink suppliers from Montrose and across Angus.
The store will offer a small selection of non-food items as well as a wide range of Sainsbury food products.