The 84-week design and build programme forms part of a £19m scheme to transform and improve the Teanlowe Shopping Centre, which included refurbishing the existing north mall and demolishing the western wing to make way for the new Booths store.
Other works included extending the former Clarks retail unit to accommodate relocated tenants, improvements to the existing facade with a new two-storey glazed entrance and upgrades to public realm areas.
Designed by architects Leach Rhodes Walker, the new Booths store includes a first floor café and doubles the size of the high-end supermarket’s existing footprint in the town.
John Wilson, managing director at Eric Wright Construction, said: “The Teanlowe Centre redevelopment has reinvigorated a prime retail facility that was previously neglected, giving greater shopping choice as well as creating new jobs both in store and during construction.
“Utilising our extensive experience from building stores for most of the big name supermarkets we’ve been able to regenerate and transform the town for people who live, work and shop there.”
Mike Thomson, estates director at Booths, said the response to the new Booths store had been extremely positive.