Matlock traders wary of supermarket expansion plan

Some traders in a Derbyshire town are worried expansion by a major supermarket will hit their businesses.

Sainsbury's wants to double the size of its store in Matlock, Derbyshire, with the creation of 80 new jobs.

The firm opened the store three years ago as part of a major redevelopment of the town. It said a larger supermarket would include a learning centre.

Sports shop owner Angela Lowe said: "We fear for our future here in the town centre."

Cawdor Quarry

"It is very worrying if they introduce a new sports range as they have in Ripley," she added.

Sainsbury's spokesperson Sue Bailey said the larger store would include a learning centre and a wider range of products.

She said: "We have to go through the planning process and this is in the early stages and we are looking for feedback from customers and residents in the town."

Many shopkeepers in the centre of Matlock were angry when the store was built because the road layout was changed so motorists drove past Sainsbury's and out of the town instead of going into the town centre.

The plans include a 13,480 sq ft (1,250 sq m) increase to the existing sales area and a new cafe on a mezzanine level as well as a new single deck level over part of the existing car park.

The store, on the site of the old Cawdor Quarry, opened in October 2007 after 17 years of planning.

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