Liverpool City Council has given the green light to a revised planning application from Sainsbury’s for a 40,000 sq ft foodstore, to anchor St Modwen’s Project Jennifer.
Sainsbury’s plans to begin construction at the North Liverpool site by the summer, with the store opening in spring 2017.
The development on Great Homer Street has spent a decade working through the planning process due to various aspects being altered, reflecting changes in market demand since the supermarket committed to the scheme in 2010.
The anchor supermarket has been reduced in size from 110,000 sq ft gross, 60,000 sq ft net trading floor area, to 67,000 sq ft gross, 40,000 sq ft net. Sainsbury’s is also delivering 23,000 sq ft of smaller retail units.
St Modwen has planning permission for 80,000 sq ft of retail space, let to other operators, which is due to open to coincide with the completion of the Sainsbury’s store next year.
At the same planning committee meeting, which took place on Tuesday 22 March, Liverpool City Council also approved the conversion of the 100,000 sq ft Corn Exchange office on Brunswick Street into a 200-suite aparthotel, to be operated by StayCity.