DOZENS of jobs are set to be created when Bodmin’s sixth supermarket opens along with other retail units – with work set to start in June.
Aldi are believed to be interested in the site for a new supermarket off Dunmere Road.
Developer Henry Boot is in the process of exchanging legal agreements with the chain in question – along with three other national retailers – to occupy the site to the right of Flann Microwave Ltd.
Bodmin’s latest supermarket could be open in early 2015, with the developers also receiving planning permission for additional retail units on a nearby site, creating dozens of jobs.
“We are exchanging the legal agreements with the retailer in question to occupy 16,000sq ft of the total 38,000sq ft site, with three other national retailers occupying the remaining three units,” said Julian Painter, of Henry Boot Developments.
“We hope to be able to make an announcement on the identity of the chain in a month and break ground on the site in June. We are talking to three other retailers to move in on the same site – we’ve had quite a bit of interest. Proposals are for outdoor or sports retailers that aren’t currently in Bodmin. There are no units in the town centre big enough.”
Access for customers to the supermarket will be off Midway Road and more than 60 jobs are anticipated. As a condition of consent, the developer will pay a contribution to local highway improvements.
Henry Boot also plans to develop on the former Invensys site next to the Group Travel depot, 150 yards further up Dunmere Road, but as yet no agreements are in place.
“We are still marketing these units and we are at a much earlier stage for this site than the one further down Dunmere Road,” Mr Painter said.
“The plans are for a smaller convenience food store and a little bakery to serve the new Cornwall Council offices which are being built directly opposite, as well as a restaurant and a trade centre. It’s more of a mixed-use site.”
Mr Painter said the two developments will give the town a big jobs boost. “This is a good thing for Bodmin with new jobs being created and hopefully, new retailers moving in that don’t currently exist in the town,” he said.
The western area of Bodmin is being revitalised with work on the new £15 million local authority administrative centre off Dunmere Road beginning this month and Wainhomes developing a housing estate between Boundary Road and Dunmere Road, with new homes expected to be available by early next year.