WORK on the construction of the long-awaited Sainsbury’s store will start in Whitby next month.
The supermarket giant confirmed the news to the Whitby Gazette on Friday.
The announcement will delight the local community which has been campaigning for a major supermarket in the town for years.
It will be built on Whitby Business Park and create 250 full and part-time jobs and also boosts the plans which are in the pipeline to regenerate the business park.
Recruitment to fill the posts will take place over the next few months and Sainsbury’s is also going to be putting on a hopper bus which will link that part of the east side to the town centre.
Jo Hawley, regional development surveyor for Sainsbury’s, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce the start of construction for Whitby’s new Sainsbury’s and I would like to thank the local community for their patience and support.
“Many people travel to Scarborough, Guisborough and even York to do their food shopping, but soon they will be able to shop in Whitby.”
The announcement was welcomed by Coun Joe Plant, who has backed the idea from the outset and said it gives Whitby shoppers more choice.
He said: “I said right from the outset that was the right site for a supermarket.
“I think it helps with the regeneration of that area and it is what was needed on that side of town.
“It will be very welcome to many people in the town and save a lot of people travelling to other supermarkets in Scarborough.
“And there are other benefits, they will stop using so much petrol and it will be better for the environment.”
The store was given the go-ahead by Scarborough Borough Council after a controversial row which saw Tesco bidding for a site in the town but later withdrawing its plans.