Thursday, 22 January 2015

Waitrose: Knowle store set to open next year

A LONG-AWAITED Waitrose store for Knowle is set to open next year, the firm has said.

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The company won Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council permission for the St John’s Close store in November 2012.

Yet this was subject to conditions being agreed with council officers about issues like car parking and building materials.

A final decision notice was issued on August 1 last year which lasts for three years.

Waitrose spokesman James Armstrong said: “We are still finalising everything, but aim to start on site later this year and open in 2016.”

In April last year Mr Armstrong said the firm “aims to start on site this summer which would enable us to open late next year”. See previous stories here.

In July he said: “The developer aims to start work on site in the autumn and we expect to open late next year.”

The store will go at the site of a former bowling green in The Red Lion pub car park.

Five bungalows nearest the store will be relocated to create a car park that will remain the council’s control.

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