New supermarket for West End

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s plans to open a small new store on Carholme Road, creating 25 more jobs and homes in the city.

The site used will be the Fossbank Service Station (pictured), as part of a £1.4million scheme to renovate the garage.

Sainsbury’s are in the process of submitting full planning permission, after which local business Tillbridge Developments will buy the site.

If planning permission is granted, work would start on the store in summer 2011, and be ready by Christmas.

The store would be the first Sainsbury’s Local in Lincoln, taking up 2,400sqft, and will be open seven days a week.

The Sainsbury’s Local store will also have 12 student flats on the site.

Regional acquisitions manager for Sainsbury’s Paul Seller said: “It’s close to a university and right in the heart of a residential area. It really is an ideal place for us to open.”

Currently, residents wanting to shop at a convenience store have to use the Co-Op, not far from the West Common.

The new development comes after Sainsbury’s released a document outlining a request for unused or new sites, so they could expand their stores in 2011.

The supermarket chain will also be opening their newly extended Tritton Road store on November 24, creating 200 jobs over Christmas.

Tesco recently opened an Express convenience store on Newark Road, and Aldi plans to open a new store on Wragby Road as well.

Sainsbury’s currently has 335 convenience stores in the UK, but is looking to expand to 1,000 over the coming years.

Related Report: Lincolnshire Echo