AN IMAGE of Poulton’s new supermarket has been released.
Plans are in place to reconstruct and improve the current Booths supermarket on the site of the existing store’s car park on Ball Street.
The new store will have a sales area of more than 20,000 sq ft and an additional 200 car parking spaces which could be situated on a two-storey car park.
The building may also incorporate a medical facility if plans are approved.
Drafts of the plans have been available to view at the current Booths store since Monday and will continue to be open for public scrutiny for the remainder of the week and the following two weeks.
Graham Booth, Booths property director, said the store had been trading successfully in the town for over 35 years but the present site had become inadequate.
He said: “It will enable us to offer our customers the full range of goods and services which customers enjoy in our other recent store developments.”
Coun Barry Birch said he hoped the development would be a ‘catalyst’ for further improvements in the town.
He said: “The council has received the draft plans from Booths and we are very excited.
“The plans look great and it is exciting to see a medical facility mentioned as it could be the answer to our prayers in that respect.
“Booths are a very well respected supermarket and really do offer the public a good choice of quality food.
“We would encourage this type of development in Poulton.”
John Bailie, a member of Concerned Residents of Poulton (CROP) believes the Booths development seemed to be one of the better ideas put forward for the town.
He said: “There have been so many rumours as to how Poulton should move forward.
“This seems to be one of the more sensible ideas but it has to be right for the town and I look forward to looking at the final plans next week.”
The public are invited to come and review the proposals for the new supermarket at Booths and to make comments and suggestions about the plans.
Residents’ opinions will be taken into consideration in a planning application which will follow later in the year.
Comments about the plans can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.