SUPERMARKET giant Tesco is set to create more than 300 new jobs with a major development on Wearside.
Peel Land and Property has unveiled plans for an 87,400 sq ft new superstore with 560 car parking spaces, café and petrol station at its Washington retail park off the A1231.
The company – also set to build a store at Sunderland Retail Park, off Newcastle Road – will be holding a public exhibition to showcase the plans before submitting a planning application to Sunderland City Council.
Roger Wheeldon, senior development surveyor, said: “We are holding the exhibition next week and then, when we have got the results of the consultation, we will make the application.”
The scheme will involve a major redevelopment of the Peel retail park site.
“Clay’s Garden Centre and McDonald’s will stay, but this development involved remodelling of about half the park,” said Mr Wheeldon.
The Homebase, Carpet Right and Wynsor Shoes stores on the site were all facing the axe, he said:
“It is a complete redevelopment of that side of the road. It is a big site, with a new store on stilts. It is raised up to first-floor level, with car parking underneath.”
The timescale for the project will depend on how long it takes to get the green light from planners.
“It is very much subject to obtaining planning permission,” said Mr Wheeldon.
“Hopefully, if that goes through, we would plan to be on site next year and take about 12 months to build it, so we are probably looking at an early 2013 opening.
“For over two decades the only food superstores in Washington have been the Asda and Sainsbury’s stores at The Galleries. Peel believe further choice should be offered to local shoppers through an additional store and we are keen for people to come and see us at the exhibition and to hear their feedback on the proposals”
Plans for the development will be on display at Washington Leisure Centre between 9am and 5pm next Tuesday, July 19.