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Shoppers look forward to new Hesketh Bank supermarket
21 April 2010

Shoppers in Hesketh Bank will be getting their very own supermarket later this year - and The Champion has been given an exclusive sneak preview.

Preston-based chain Booths are well underway with work on creating a store to serve residents of Hesketh Bank, Tarleton and the surrounding areas, and said last Thursday (April 8, 2010) that its new site on Station Road is going to be an eco-friendly showcase for the firm with a local twist when it opens in November.

“For a smaller place such as Hesketh Bank, the new store is going to have a big impact, and give the people of Hesketh Bank and Tarleton an opportunity to buy quality, locally-made foods without having to drive out to Southport or Preston.

"It's a smaller site than some of the other stores we have opened recently, but we've tried to give it as many eco-friendly features as possible, which we're looking to incorporate into our other stores in the future,” said Mike Thomson, Estates Manager for Booths.

“We also realise that it is an aspiration for Booths to keep local interests at heart, and we've tried to do this not only in how we've communicated with our neighbours, but also in the building itself, and for example the rubble-stone frontage of the finished store will all be made from locally-sourced material. We pride ourselves on making our buildings blend in as much as possible with the local environment.”

The store is one of two forthcoming sites for the company in West Lancashire, after planning permission was granted for a store in Burscough earlier this month. The Hesketh Bank store is expected to create as many as 100 jobs, with the majority going to local residents.

Booths also say the new building will encompass a number of innovative eco-friendly features, including a carbon dioxide refridgeration system, and an underfloor heating system which recycles excess heat to warm the building up.

“Generally most people who live locally are interested in what's happening with the Booths site, and have been following its progress for quite a long time,” said Hesketh-with-Becconsall borough councillor Iain Ashcroft.

“The company are talking about creating quite a lot of local jobs, which will be a big benefit to the area. I'm quite enthusiastic about it.”

Hear more about the company's plans for the Hesketh Bank store by listening to the
Podcast on our website.

By David Simister 


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