Store ahead of schedule

The new Sainsbury's  store Station Lane, Heartlepool. Picture by FRANK REID
The new Sainsbury's store Station Lane, Heartlepool. Picture by FRANK REID
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A SUPERMARKET is on course to be completed ahead of schedule as building work continues at a rapid pace.

Sainsbury’s is building a new convenience store on Station Lane, in Seaton Carew, on the site of the former Station Hotel pub.

Plans to replace the derelict pub were initially put forward in June 2010 with the original building being demolished in March this year.

Construction staff quickly cleared the site, and the new building is now completed with shopfitting work set to be carried out over the next fortnight.

The £700,000 project is two weeks ahead of schedule and keys are due to be handed over the Sainsbury’s on August 15.

Once that handover is done, the supermarket chain will begin a training programme for a 16-strong workforce before officially opening the store in September.

Jon Whitfield, director of Hartlepool-based developers Euro Property Management, said: “We have had no major problems whatsoever with the build, it’s been absolutely first class.

“We lost a few half days due to the weather but other than that, I can’t fault the team or the build.

“We are two weeks ahead of schedule, but I imagine that date will be moved forward again.”

The pub was boarded up for more than a year before it was flattened, and revised plans were approved after the initial scheme was turned down.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee approved the revised plans for the site at a meeting in February after the original application was rejected over fears it would harm nearby traders.