SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury’s says plans to open a new store in Mold are progressing.
Last year the retailer bought the old Kwik Save site on Chester Road and announced it was planning to build a supermarket in the town.
The site, which also houses a Farmfoods store, has stood empty for about eight years since Kwik Save closed down.
Sainsbury’s has now submitted notification to Flintshire Council of plans to demolish one of the buildings on the site.
Sainsbury’s regional development executive Jo Hawley said: “Since we announced our purchase of the Chester Road site last May, we have been speaking with key stakeholders, including Flintshire Council, Mold Rugby Club and Mold Cricket Club, about our plans and carrying out further analysis of the site.
“We will be carrying out a full programme of public consultation and hope to confirm details of this in the coming months.”
The prospect of a new supermarket could mean Mold Rugby Club and Mold Cricket Club have to move as they would no longer have access to car parking on the site.
Club representatives have been involved in discussions regarding possible relocation but no firm plans have yet materialised.
Mold East councillor Chris Bithell said: “The Chester Road site has had a supermarket on it since 1966 so it was inevitable really that somebody like Sainsbury’s would have an interest.
“Most people I have spoken too would welcome a new supermarket and it will bring jobs to the town.
“I do have concerns about traffic pressure on Chester Road and these would have be addressed as part of any planning application.”