Waitrose has announced plans to move its Horsham store from Piries Place to a unit twice as big on the west side of town.
The plan is part of a major redevelopment in the area in partnership with developer Westrock. The public is invited to attend a ‘drop in’ exhibition and consultation on Friday 7 June 10am to 4pm and Saturday 8 June 10am to 2pm at 6 Middle Street, Horsham (opposite Waterstones).
The multi-million pound scheme will rejuvenate parts of West Street, Albion Way and the Bishopric including the provision of new retail outlets and housing. Horsham Bowling Club and Lifestyle Ford and Mazda will be relocated if the scheme is granted planning permission.
The proposal is designed to provide an improved supermarket for local people, more parking, new jobs and to encourage more shoppers to visit this part of the town centre.
On a website for the development plans Waitrose explained its reasons for moving, saying: “Waitrose is keen to build on 20 years of trading in Horsham, however its current store is in need of major new investment. The store is no longer suitable to meet current day demands, especially as it does not have a dedicated free car park for shoppers.
“Waitrose will invest in providing a strong, long-term retail anchor for Horsham rather than seeking alternative solutions elsewhere. The proposal is therefore to deliver a quality new 29,000 sq ft food store (existing store 14,500 sq ft) and a large, dedicated car park (330 spaces) that meets the needs of Waitrose customers as well as the town as a whole.”
Waitrose has been working with Westrock and Horsham District Council and believe this is an exciting opportunity to provide the latest Waitrose offer.
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