A supermarket plan for Peterlee was today hailed as a huge boost for the town.
The Mail told yesterday how 350 new permanent jobs could be created for Peterlee if plans for a 37,000 sq ft store get planning permission.
Morrisons wants to set up the massive new store with a cafe and petrol station on the site of the former North Blunts Primary School, on the edge of the town centre.
It is working with developers North Blunts on the project.
Peterlee Town Council’s Passfield ward councillor Colin Austin said: “I would love to see it come off. It’s something that’s long overdue in this town.
“It would be a big benefit as well as a bit of competition for the other supermarkets and an alternative for people.”
He said people from Peterlee were already travelling to Hartlepool or Sunderland at the moment to shop at existing Morrisons stores. They could stay on their own doorstep if the plans become reality.
Coun Austin added: “It will have a big impact and be very handy for the town. I’m over the moon regarding the job prospects.
“Any kind of work in the town would be a good thing and I would love to see this go through.”
Peterlee Mayor, Coun Lillian Wood, said: “The people of Peterlee will be really glad of something different to what we have already got. This is good news if it goes through.”
Christune Yule is the managing director of the Durham Business Group which is a networking organisation representing members ranging from small home-based consultants to large organisations. It has a dozen members from the east Durham area.
She hailed the potential boost. She said: “it is really needed in the Peterlee area. To think that a large store is thinking about locating there is great news.
“There will be people living in Peterlee who will be able to get work from this and hopefully this will keep people living in the area and not going out of town.”