Tisdale Demolition is on site at St Modwen’s Kirkby town centre redevelopment, clearing 150,000 sq ft of derelict buildings to make way for a supermarket and shop units.
The £1m demolition programme includes the former In Shops market, Gala Bingo hall and the site of the former Asda.
St Modwen’s submitted a planning application for the area earlier this year. The project includes 13 retail units to total 75,595 sq ft, a food store of 39,300 sq ft, a petrol station, two drive-thru fast food restaurants, a new road junction and parking for 461 cars.
A deal has also been agreed for a 15,000 sq ft Reel cinema.
Paul Batho, projects director for St Modwen, said: “Commencing onsite with the demolition works paves the way for the redevelopment to begin and is a further demonstration of St Modwen’s commitment to regenerate Kirkby.
“Our plans for the town centre will provide a new large foodstore and shops, boosting the local economy, creating new jobs, as well as attracting more shoppers and other businesses to Kirkby, while complementing the retailers that are here already.”