BUILDING work is well underway on a new food store on the site of a former pub.
The Pink Domino, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, was demolished in February as part of plans to build a new Farmfoods store.
Large steel frames have since been erected on the site and when the store does open it will create 15 new jobs.
The demolition work, which was carried out by the John Wade group, involved timber being stripped from inside the pub ahead of the building being completely flattened.
Despite the recent bad weather, builders have remained on site and the construction remains on schedule to be completed later this year.
Plans for the store were approved by Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee despite vocal objections from devastated residents and regulars angry over the loss of their favourite local pub.
Residents argued it should remain as a pub because of a covenant dating back to when the council originally owned the land where the public house was built.
They put forward various objections at meetings in the pub and in front of councillors at Civic Centre meetings in an attempt to have the building saved from the demolition team.
Concerns around the new store’s location, traffic and road safety were also raised at the planning meeting with some people having objections over access to the store from the busys stretch of Catcote Road.
But planners said the covenant was a civil matter and officers speaking at the time said they could not reasonably withhold its release.
Earlier this year it was agreed that half of the money from releasing the covenant will go back into the community with residents and local councillors all having a say about how the cash will be spent.
The rest of the cash will go into the council’s capital receipts pot.
Planning officers have previously said the positives of the new food store outweighed the loss of the building.
Farmfoods said the pub was no longer viable, and pub owners Enterprise Inns said the decision had been taken after “careful consideration”.
When the new store does open its doors, its proposed opening hours are 7am-10pm Monday to Friday, 7am-8pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.