Supermarket to take over DIY store

Wakefield town hall, dept leader Denise Jeffery .
Wakefield town hall, dept leader Denise Jeffery .

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is planning to take over the B&Q store in Glass Houghton, creating 300 jobs.

Plans to transform the DIY store into a supermarket could be submitted to Wakefield Council by the end of the year, say supermarket bosses.

The proposed development is expected to create 300 full and part-time vacancies at the Aspen Way site and a public consultation is due to be held in September.

Bruno Moore, head of town planning for Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re very excited about the possibility of opening a new store in Glass Houghton and playing a big role in the local community.

“It’s an area we’ve wanted to be represented in for some time.”

The Junction 32 shop is currently only allowed to sell DIY products but Sainsbury’s hope council planning chiefs will lift the restriction.

Bosses at B&Q say they are ‘committed’ to continue trading in Glass Houghton and are looking for an alternative site.

Around 116 current members of staff will also be offered an interview to work at the new supermarket.

Grant Anderson, divisional director of the east for B&Q, said: “We remain committed to serving the communities of Castleford and Pontefract

“Through this deal we intend to secure a new store and to offer customers the best home improvement products and services.”

Coun Denise Jeffery, who represents the Glass Houghton award and is the council’s cabinet member responsible for regeneration, said: “We welcome news of any new jobs which are much needed in the district.

“Planning proposals for this prime retail site are still at a very early stage and any application will have to be considered in line with our Local Development Framework [plan].”

Plans for the 72,000 square foot site could also include a petrol station.