New Garforth foodstore ‘will bring 250 jobs for locals’

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A BRAND new supermarket on a derelict warehouse site in east Leeds could bring 250 jobs to the area, it is hoped.

KUC Properties Limited has announced plans to redevelop the vacant MIAMI industrial warehouse on Aberford Road into a 35,000 sq ft foodstore. The plans also include a petrol station and parking for around 400 cars.

An outline planning application is currently being drawn up and is expected to be submitted by the end of April.

The name of the retailer won’t be confirmed until after planning permission is secured, however the developer says discussions are ongoing with “potential occupiers who have expressed a strong interest”

A public exhibition will be held at Garforth Miners Welfare Hall on Main Street from 3pm to 6pm this Friday, March 7, and again from 10am to 2pm the following day.

Visitors will be able to view early graphics of the proposed store, speak to the project team and leave feedback.

Fiona Cummins from RBS Real Estate Asset Management (acting on behalf of KUC Properties Limited), said: “We’re keen to hear people’s feedback on the possibility of bringing a new food store to Garforth.

“The MIAMI warehouse is under-used and risks remaining empty, so is in need of development, particularly given its prominent location. By regenerating this brownfield site, we can offer local residents a high-quality foodstore that will provide a significant number of jobs, more choice and convenience.

“With only one other large supermarket in Garforth, our research has shown that many residents are travelling out of the town to carry out their main food shopping. We believe that our proposal would help to encourage shoppers to stay in Garforth and boost local trade.”

If the application is approved, a retailer will be confirmed by early summer and the new store could be open within two years.

Leeds East MP Richard Burgon in his office in Seacroft, Leeds, March 2018.  Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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