New year opening date for superstore

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THE new Morrisons superstore at Balby Carr, Doncaster, is due to open in the New Year, it has been confirmed.

Hundreds of jobs are being created with the opening in January of the new store at Firstpoint Business Park, after work started to create the 8,352 square metre unit in May.

The site is run by Midlands-based property company Catesby Property Group, which is also creating a new, managed office property with suites of up to 1,300 sq ft for local small and medium-sized companies.

The £30 million development will also feature a new park-and-ride facility which will be operated by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

Paul Brocklehurst, chief executive of Catesby, said: “This new development is set to create many hundreds of new jobs in Doncaster and we are very pleased to be moving to a very successful conclusion on Catesby’s final piece of development land at Firstpoint.

“Firstpoint Business Park has played a very positive role in the economic regeneration of Doncaster and this latest phase will only serve to enhance that.”

The opening of the new Morrisons superstore at Balby Carr is timed to coincide with the completion of a ‘missing link’ in the borough’s road network which will be another piece in theSouthern Gateway regeneration jigsaw.

Recruitment for the posts on offer at the new-style Fresh Market format store has already started.

At the same time, work is progressing on the Government-backed scheme to finish Woodfield Way, which will link the Woodfield Plantation estate with the B&Q roundabout on White Rose Way and Lakeside.

Planners estimate that the development around Carr Lodge will bring millions of pounds into Doncaster’s economy.