NEWQUAY is set for a retail boost after plans for a new store were earmarked for the resort – by supermarket giant Morrisons.
The proposal would see a non-food retail unit constructed behind the existing Morrisons store, on Treloggan Road.
Morrisons said it is in discussions with Cornwall Council over the application, which it hopes to submit soon, and that an occupier for the site has yet to be named.
A Morrisons spokesman said: "We're in the early stages of discussions with the council to bring a non-food retailer to the site.
"We are in the pre-application phase of consultation to renew a previous planning permission for non-food retail on the site, with associated parking, access and landscaping. In terms of timescales, it is the intention to submit a planning application in the new year. We're confident that it will be a great addition to the town's shopping needs and look forward to progressing plans."
The proposed entrance to the new store would be via the A392, while the current Morrisons entrance will provide pedestrian access.
The plans are being spearheaded by agent Rapleys LLP, on behalf of Morrisons.
Rapleys LLP has submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment scoping request to Cornwall Council to determine whether an assessment of the possible positive or negative impact that the proposed project may have on the environment is needed.
Newquay mayor Kevin Towill said he welcomed an extra retailer to that area of town, but said the centre also needs investment to support local businesses.
"We do want people from outside Newquay to come here and this extra retail store on the outskirts might help to do that, but we also want to draw them even further into the town."
Dave Sleeman, chairman of Newquay Residents' Association, said the town does need a wider variety of shops but that there must be competition for Morrisons as the only major supermarket.
"It would be a good thing from one side as it would create more variety for shoppers in Newquay but Morrisons has the monopoly in the town at the moment and there needs to be more competition," he said.
Tony Townsend, spokesman for Newquay Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, said a non-food retail outlet of this size is something the town is "crying out for", with a lack of similar stores. Both residents and visitors alike would benefit, he said.