PROPOSALS for a new Waitrose-led development for Bromsgrove’s former Market Hall site went on display at Amphlett Hall this morning (Thursday).
They showed the plans for the two-storey £1.4million Little Waitrose store, which will be built on the Junction of Hannover Street, Kidderminster Road and St John’s Street.
It will bring up to 60 jobs to the town and encompass a 6,000sq ft shopping area offering the essential Waitrose range, fresh food and more.
After the comments from yesterday’s consultation have been taken on board, it is expected that the planning application for the Little Waitrose and an 86-space car park will be submitted to Bromsgrove District Council in the next few weeks.
Jon Hinton, from Hinton Group, said, provided the green light was given for the Little Waitrose, the company would be looking for some ‘quality retailers’ to complement it on the part of the site which had the market hall on it and still has George House there.
The plan is to submit a second application for George House to be bulldozed and three joined units to be created – one of 1,500sq ft, a central one of 10,000sq ft and a third of 3,000sq ft.
It is hoped, if all goes according to plan, work will start in early 2016 with the Waitrose being completed and open for business this time next year.
A Waitrose spokesperson said: “We have had an aspiration to open a Waitrose branch in Bromsgrove for some time and believe that the proposal brought forward Hinton Properties offers an exciting opportunity to revitalise a prominent site close to the High Street.
“It will bring new investment, retail and restaurants which can benefit the town in the long term as well as creating new jobs for local people.”