Are Sainsbury’s set to launch their version of “Tesco Towns”?

Last Friday saw the news that supermarkets giants Tesco were looking at building a series of “Tesco Towns” across the UK, which involved building new homes, car parks, community facilities and of course giant Tesco superstores around the country.

Now their fiercest rivals could be getting in on the act, as Sainsbury’s are set to build a new mixed-use scheme in Cumbria.

Construction Enquirer reports that the £80 million New Squares scheme in Penrith, Cumbria is going ahead, which will see new houses, car parking and a Sainsbury’s superstore built in the area.

Sainsbury’s, along with builders Thomas Armstrong, will lead the project, which was postponed two years ago after the original backers ran out of money.

The work is expected to be completed in April 2012 and should create new construction jobs in the area.

In other Sainsbury’s-related news, Carlisle City Council have granted the supermarket planning approval to build a £40 million superstore in the city, with the proposals including a restaurant above the supermarket, a petrol station and a huge car park. The work is expected to begin in May.

What do you think of Sainsbury’s plans? Can they compete with Tesco’s dominance? Let us know on the Train4TradeSkills Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Posted on March 7, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, Electrical News, Plumbing News, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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