Sainsbury’s has revealed its plans for a 12,000 sq ft supermarket on the site of Carpetright, on the corner of Tulse Hill and Water Lane, Brixton.
The grocery giant said the new store will create 100 new jobs in the area, and will open later this year.
Sainsbury’s will make changes including building a new entrance at the north east corner of the building. Planning permission was given for the alterations in August 2o12. They store have submitted an alcohol license application to Lambeth Council, but a spokesman said it will not be open 24 hours per day.
Lisa Poyser, Sainsbury’s Development Surveyor said: “We are delighted to be opening a new Sainsbury’s supermarket in Tulse Hill, keeping this prominent site in retail use and creating 100 job opportunities for local people.
“We will ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum during construction and will keep the community informed throughout the works. ”
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said Carpetright would continue trading until March, when work will begin on the supermarket.
Local residents gave a mixed reception to the news. Andrew Child, from the Save George IV pub campaign, said: “There are already six Sainsbury’s stores within a mile radius of this site and a further three Tescos.
“I note that this Sainsbury’s will be not just a Local store but a regular-sized Central store. So that represents an even bigger threat to local shop keepers. I’d also say that of the up to 100 jobs that Sainsbury’s says it will provide many will be unskilled, part-time and pay below the Living Wage.”
Another local, Sarah Scott, said: “Part of me supports this, Brixton has only one large supermarket (Tesco) to serve an enormous population and its always so busy its pretty unpleasant!
“The smaller supermarket stores adjust their prices up so it’s better value to shop at the larger stores, so if this is a big store it could be good to relieve the pressure.”
Local Labour activist Tom Skinner said: “We are pretty powerless to stop this (as is the council) as it’s a simple change of use from retail to retail. The best you can hope for is to object to individual planning applications for signage, parking etc.
“In particular we should oppose it having an alcohol licence. There are enough places to buy your booze on Tulse Hill/Brixton Hill and they’re cheaper too.”
It is the latest in a series of plans from Tesco and Sainsbury’s to widen their retail dominance in the area, apparently in former carpet shops and pubs. A Sainsbury’s Local opened in the old Allied Carpets, Brixton Hill, in 2011. Last year a plan to turn the former George IV into a Tesco Express caused an outcry from residents, just a few hundred metres from Carpetright.
Meanwhile, a new Tesco Express opened in the old Warrior pub last week. Some locals apparently welcomed it to the neighbourhood by smashing two of the store’s windows. A Sainsbury’s Local is also due to open shortly in another disused pub. Finally, other residents are battling plans for yet another Tesco Express next to Sainbury’s Local, Herne Hill.
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