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Statement from Discovery Park about Sainsbury’s new store decision

Posted on 14/01/16

Sainsbury’s today announced that it will not be going ahead with a supermarket at Discovery Park.

The company made the decision following a review of its national development programme, saying considerable changes in shopping patterns suggested the scheme would no longer be viable.

The land earmarked for development as a retail store remains in the ownership of Discovery Park and work is already taking place to secure a new use for the site.

In a statement Paul Barber, Managing Director, Discovery Park, said: “Whilst we are disappointed that Sainsbury’s has decided not to proceed, we are fully aware of the changes in shopping patterns since the planning application was approved.

“We are now busy working on new proposals for that particular plot of land and a further announcement will be made in due course.”

“The decision has no impact on the other elements of our master plan for the site, not least in terms of our housing land, which is progressing well and is expected to see the first properties under construction later this year.

“In terms of employment too we now have more than 120 companies based here, employing some 2,400 people between them. That will increase further as our refurbishment programme continues.”

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