Plan to build new giant supermarket on Plymouth site
SUPERMARKET giant Morrisons wants to knock down the former Plympton Megabowl and build a large superstore creating 250 jobs.
The company also plans to demolish two other units at the Erril Retail Park, on Plymouth Road, to make way for a development which will be similar, but a little smaller, than the giant Morrisons superstore at Plymstock.
The Plympton store, which would also have a petrol filling station, would be "a significant investment", a Morrisons spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Morrisons is still bidding to enlarge its supermarket at Outland Road and has expressed interest in building a new store in the Derriford area.
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A public consultation on the Plympton plans will take place on Monday and Tuesday, October 29 and 30, when full plans will be released.
A spokesman said: "Morrisons is putting together plans to comprehensively regenerate the Erril Retail Park, on Plymouth Road, Plympton, to create an exciting new foodstore and petrol filling station for the local community."
He said the plan would involve demolition of the now vacant and "semi-derelict" Megabowl building which saw its last pin fall in 2007 when owner Tenpin Ltd decided to shut it.
The Morrisons spokesman said the company also wanted to knock down another empty unit, previously used by Allied Carpets, which closed after the carpet retailer went into administration in 2009.
A third unit, currently used by discount store BUYology, is also included in the plans.
"It's on a short term let," the Morrisons spokesman said. "We'll take that over. The Allied Carpets site is where we would put the petrol station."
He said that, if plans are approved, the completed store would be "along the lines of our Plymstock store".
It is envisaged it would feature Morrisons' Fresh Format concept, focussing on fresh produce.
But he stressed plans were not even submitted yet and wouldn't be until after a public consultation exhibition.
This will allow residents to "view and discuss the proposal", prior to submitting a planning application to Plymouth City Council.
The exhibition will be held at Plympton Library on Monday, October 29, 2pm-7pm; and on Tuesday, October 30, from 9.30am-4.30pm.
"The full details, including plans and computer-generated images, will be on display and representatives from Morrisons and the professional team will be on hand to discuss the proposal and answer questions," he said.
Just last month, Morrisons unveiled its latest plan to build a huge extension at its Outland Road site and create 40 jobs.
The retailer asked shoppers and residents what they thought of a multi-million-pound plan to extend the store by 11,000sq ft, build a double-decker car park and re-configure the junction outside.
Results of the consultation are due to be released next week.
Meanwhile, the Morrisons's spokesman said: "Some supermarkets are bidding for Derriford, including Morrisons and Sainsbury's."
Morrisons development executive Robin Langford, speaking about the Plympton proposal, said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to develop a stunning all-new Fresh Format concept store that will create approximately 250 local job opportunities.
"We hope for a good turnout at the consultation event as we are interested to hear what local people think of our proposed scheme. Everyone is welcome."