WORK has started to build a new supermarket for Hampden Park.
Demolition work on the former Anglo Dutch Meats site has started to make way for the new Morrisons store, due to open later this year.
The supermarket chain was granted planning permission last year and the new store will provide hundreds of employment opportunities for local residents.
As part of a local labour initiative negotiated by Eastbourne Borough Council, Morrisons has committed to use local businesses in the construction phase as well as employing local people in the store.
Eastbourne Car Auctions has also moved to Brampton Road to help enable the development to take place.
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd went down to the site for the start of the construction.
He said, “I was absolutely delighted to be there at the start of the construction of the new Morrisons store in Hampden Park.
“I have been involved with this project every step of the way, and I look forward to opening the store later this year when it opens for business.
“It offers employment in the area, broadens the retail choice and, most importantly of all, shows that major companies continue to invest in Eastbourne. They know our town has a great future, and I agree.”
“The project has been in the pipeline for some time, with discussions held with developers working on behalf of Morrisons to acquire and redevelop the remaining corner of Lottbridge Drove, Willingdon Drove and Arkwright Road.
Mark Chappell, Morrisons development executive, added, “We thank Stephen Lloyd for his invaluable support throughout the process and were delighted that he was able to join us today to help kick-start work at the site.
“We are keen to help address local unemployment in the area and will be employing local contractors during the construction wherever possible.
“We can’t wait to bring the Morrisons offer to Eastbourne and look forward to inviting Stephen down again as the work progresses.”