THREE hundred long-term jobs will be created when the new Morrisons store in Hampden Park opens its doors.
All the planning permissions have now been signed off for the superstore, which is to be built on the former site of Anglo Dutch Meats along with buildings occupied by Eastbourne Car Auctions, Highfield Bodyshop, Choice Vehicle Rentals and the Eastbourne Calor Gas Showroom.
Tingley Commercial in Eastbourne revealed this week that all the option agreements in relation to the various land and buildings have been put in place and a date for construction work to begin will be revealed soon.
The company said that by combining all the land holdings, Morrisons will be able to develop its largest sized superstore together with a petrol filling station, close to the Willingdon Drove frontage.
A spokesperson said, “The scheme will generate approximately 300 long term jobs and, due to an agreement with the local authority, it is ensured that at least 50 per cent of the contractors involved in the development will be local firms.”
Tingley Commercial says it is now working with the existing occupiers to try to relocate them within the borough of Eastbourne to secure the existing jobs and the plan is for several of the existing businesses to expand and create further employment in and around the main industrial part of the town in Lottbridge Drove.
The spokesperson said, “The scheme will bring much-needed inward investment into Eastbourne at an economically challenging time and Tingley Commercial would like to recognise the assistance of local MP Stephen Lloyd, Eastbourne Borough Council leader David Tutt, chief executive Rob Cottrill, together with the local authority officers in both planning and economic development teams.”