Supermarket giant Tesco said it is keen to work with the community on its confirmed plan to build a new store in the centre of Stanley, creating 250 jobs.
The supermarket giant received planning permission in 2011 from Durham County Council to build a store in the Clifford Road area of Stanley but work did not commence because discussions with current site tenants had taken longer than anticipated.
The new proposal is different from the plan approved three years ago, resulting in the company having to submit a fresh planning application.
“Shopping habits have also changed a great deal in that relatively short time so we have come up with some new ideas which we hope will be welcomed,” said Tesco’s corporate affairs manager Mark Thomas.
The firm said a proportion of the staff who will be employed in the store will be local people who have been out of work for a long period.
It will be smaller than the store originally planned and will be built at ground level rather than on stilts, where some parking would have been provided under the store.
Meanwhile, full details of the plans will be outlined at two public exhibitions in the Derwent Suite at Stanley’s Lamplight Theatre between 4pm and 9pm on Thursday, January 30, and from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 1 February.
Thomas added: “We would ask that as many people as possible come to find out information and let us know what they think. We realise that this is very important news for Stanley and we want to work as closely as possible with local people.”