AROUND 15 new jobs will be created when Bridlington’s Morrisons supermarket is expanded.
Ground work on the store, off Bessingby Road, is already taking place and will see the supermarket expand by almost a third of current size – from 22,000 sq ft to 32,000 sq ft.
The plans include creating a bigger cafe, introducing a dry cleaning service, and giving the store a new, wider layout and a new look.
A spokesman for Morrisons confirmed that approximately 15 new positions would be created in the store, with some other positions absorbed by current staff.
Morrisons is hoping the expansion work will be completed by the autumn.
The spokesman for the supermarket giant said: “The extension will provide a 10,000 sq ft extension to sales space.
“This will see an increase to the cafe by over 50 seats, a new dry cleaners and a whole new fresh produce area.
“The store will be refurbished throughout, giving it a much fresher look and make it more spacious for customers.”
Furthermore, licensing hours for the sale of alcohol at the supermarket have been extended by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s licensing committee.
A sub-committee granted the application in November 2010 – which was subject to a number of conditions – with the full licensing committee ratifying the plans at a recent meeting.
The store is now licensed to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises between 6am and 11pm, seven days a week.
This has changed from the previous licensed hours of 8am to 11pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am until 10.30pm on a Sunday.
But opening times at the store remain unchanged, with a Morrisons spokesman confirming that a number of other applications had been submitted around the UK to bring licensing hours for all of their stores into line in the run up to Christmas.
To satisfy Humberside Police objections to the change in licensing, Morrisons must comply with a number of conditions.
A CCTV system in accordance with the Data Protection Act must be available, with sufficient cameras to cover all areas of the store and the capability to continually record with copies to be saved for at least 28 days.
These recordings should be made available to a police or licensing officer upon request.