Work to start in April on £750k supermarket for Crowle town centre
DIGGERS are expected to move into Crowle Market Place to start work on a £750,000 supermarket in May after paperwork delayed the start of the project.
The Lincolnshire Co-operative snapped up a vacant plot of land off Market Place last year to build a 2,800 sq ft convenience store, creating 14 jobs.
Plans for the store were given the thumbs-up by North Lincolnshire Council in September, with construction work initially expected to start at the beginning of spring.
Emma Snedden, a spokeswoman for the Lincolnshire Co-operative, said: "We hope to start on our new Crowle Foodstore in early May. It should be open by the end of November."
The new store is set to trade from 7am until 10pm seven days a week.
It forms part of the Crowle Market Place regeneration project, which has already seen a £3 million revamp of the area to restore its traditional Georgian look.
Phase two of the project had been stuck in limbo for 19 months until the investment by the Co-operative in February last year.
The store is to be built on land behind the vicarage on Brunyee Road, which was created to link the Market Place with the north of the town.
Once built, it will act as a replacement for buildings which historically faced the Market Place.
Frances Merrett, 84, of the neighbouring Johnson's Lane, said: "It will be good to see something being done with the site instead of being left.
"It will make the site look better when work starts."
But Mrs Merritt was also worried about the street becoming busier once the store was open.
She added: "We use Brunyee Road to go to the surgery and we're just worried about traffic and deliveries coming in and out from that passage."
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Isle, contractors are currently on site building a £1.2 million Lincolnshire Co-operative store covering 3,000 square feet in Haxey High Street.
Work on the site of the former Central Garage is expected to be completed ready for the store to open in July.
This development will also create 14 new jobs for the area.
The spokeswoman added: "By the end of the year, we'll have two brand new outlets for our members and customers in the North Lincolnshire area to use."