SAINSBURY’S rejected a site in Motherwell town centre months before they applied for planning permission to open a supermarket on the edge of town.
Last June, Sainsbury’s put in their first application to build a 60,000 sq ft store on the site of the former bus garage off Hamilton Road, with the current application being considered re-submitted in November.
Chester Properties, who own and run the Brandon Shopping Centre, claim they offered a custom-built site on Brandon Parade East last February.
However, Sainsbury’s are said to have rejected the proposal telling Chester Properties ‘It’s not for us’,
Chester Properties director Tom Tyler said: “If they had chosen our site their development would have ticked all the boxes in the various North Lanarkshire local plans which stipulate that new retail developments should be located in existing town centres.”
Sainsbury’s refused to discuss Chester Properties’ claims in detail, but said any offer last February would have been too late.
Meanwhile several traders within Brandon Shopping Centre have launched a petition calling on North Lanarkshire councillors to ‘Save our Jobs’ by rejecting Sainsbury’s bid.
Full story in this week’s Motherwell Times, out March 28.