Store plans set to be unveiled

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A SUPERMARKET which wants to open in Oakham will unveil its plans for the store at an exhibition.

Waitrose wants to open a store on the site of Rutland County College in Barleythorpe Road, creating up to 120 jobs.

The college is planning to move to a conference centre run by EEF site in Barleythorpe by September 2012 when its lease with Tresham College runs out.

Waitrose and its partner Lindum Group, which have been working with Tresham to develop the site, will unveil plans for the new store at an exhibition at the Whipper In Hotel in Market Place, Oakham, between 11am and 7pm on Friday, February 18, and between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, February 19.

There will be representatives on hand to talk through the plans and answer questions.

Chris Callaghan, director of Lindum Group, said: “We are excited to be unveiling our plans for a new foodstore in Oakham.

“The proposed store will not only create new jobs but will also provide greater shopping choice for the people of Oakham and the surrounding area.”

Mr Callaghan said there was only scope for one extra supermarket in Oakham and its plans for a Waitrose store were dependant on a decision by Rutland County Council on the proposal to open a Sainsbury’s store.

Sainsbury’s has already submitted an application to build a new 30,000 sq ft shop and a petrol station in Burley Park Way. It will be considered by the county council on February 22.

Subject to the feedback received during the consultation Lindum Group aims to submit an application in April. If successful, work would start in autumn 2012 and the store would be open by spring 2013.

The Waitrose plans will be on www.waitrose-oakham.co.uk from next Thursday.