Should the city centre Morrison’s and the Southwick Sainsbury’s both be allowed to be built?
SUPERMARKET chain Morrisons has agreed terms to underpin a retail development expected to create 1,000 jobs in Holmeside.
The company, which had previously remained unnamed, came out in the open today as the “store wars” saga – which has seen competing developers locked in rivalry – intensified.
But the chain’s claim that it could not go ahead if a rival Sainsbury’s store three miles away was granted planning permission, has raised eyebrows, as its own Seaburn store is the same distance from Holmeside.
As reported in the Echo, Ashall Property has revealed proposals to redevelop the Holmeside Triangle area, where previous plans from another firm ran into trouble.
Ashall said it could not continue, however, if developer Terrace Hill was granted planning permission to build a new Sainsbury’s in Riverside Road, Southwick.
Planning consultants for Terrace Hill said Wearside was losing out on £1million for each month a decision on its proposals was delayed.
The new store would create up to 500 jobs and experts say it would stop money leaking out of north Sunderland into neighbouring South Tyneside.
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