A Sainsbury’s Local is being built on Tag Lane, Ingol in Preston. Work began on the building earlier this year with the structure almost complete. It is being built in the car park of The Guild Merchant pub. It’s after a licence for a mini supermarket was granted by Preston Council’s licencing committee in August last year. The store is described as a “convenience store” which won’t offer all of the products of a supermarket but will offer a good variety of essentials.
When will it happen?
The store has a provisional opening date of Wednesday, May 31. A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “We will be going into the store on May 1 to Sainsbury’s it up and make it look like one of our stores.”
Why has it happened?
The spokesman the Sainsbury’s said: “We’re always looking for good locations for our stores and we thought Tag Lane would have a good footfall. “The store will provide 20 jobs which will mostly go to local people and we will also link up with a local charity voted for by the store’s staff. It will also offer the Active Kids vouchers.” When the plans first came to light in the summer of 2016 a petition was launched against the development. Labelled ‘save our community shops’ there were fears the store would take local services and jobs away from the local community.
What happens now?
Building work is being completed with the site beginning to take the shop of a small store. After it is designed and the interior work is finished the store will open on May 31. The spokesman said: “We look forward to opening and working with the local community as well as welcoming them into our new store.”