FINAL touches are being made to Morpeth’s new supermarket.
As reported in the Herald last week, the 50,000 sq ft store off Dark Lane has now been handed over to operator Morrisons.
The project has been delivered by Dransfield Properties, with contractor Tolent completing 18 months of construction work.
Now Morrisons’ fit-out team Wooler will spend three months working on the interior of the building, followed by merchandising ready for a July opening.
The development has been designed by Sanderson Arcade architects WCEC, using high-quality materials.
There will be 25,000 sq ft of sales area, including Morrisons’ Market Street with butcher, baker and fishmonger counters, and a covered walkway has been created from the entrance to link to the town centre.
The site also features a fountain, which will send water four metres into the air.
As well as the food store, 283 short-stay parking spaces will be provided, along with 296 long-stay spaces on a lower deck.
The lower car park has been handed to Northumberland County Council to offer all-day parking for workers.
A total of £185,530 has been spent on flood defence works, and a further £50,000 has been invested in upgrading pedestrian links.
The Cotting Burn has been re-aligned and a footpath created, opening up the river bank.
Dransfield Retail Property Director Andrew Malley said: “This has been a complex development with many different factors to take into account. Our design team has worked hard to create strong pedestrian linkages between the new food store and the town centre.
“We have sought to create a building that is not only modern and functional, but respects the architectural integrity of the town and we hope that people will agree that it adds to Morpeth’s standing as Northumberland’s county town.
“We are confident that the creation of new long and short-stay car parking spaces will be a real benefit and help Morpeth continue to grow as a shopping and visitor destination.”
Existing Morrisons staff will transfer when the store opens and 60 new jobs will be created.