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Supermarket plans to take over police station to extend
Waitrose may be moving in on the former Esher police station site, after expressing an interest to redevelop it.
The supermarket giant unveiled plans on Thursday, May 8, to extend its existing Portsmouth Road store from the current 15,620sq ft to 25,000sq ft and car park capacity would also increase from 118 to 171 spaces.
The extension would be phased to allow the store to continue to operate throughout the construction period.
The store expansion proposals come as a partnership with Levanter Developments, which wants to replace the former police station with a 3,000sq ft shop on the ground floor, five apartments on the first floor and eight parking spaces.
The homes would be a combination of two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments.
Andrew Godman, manager of Waitrose Esher, said: “We are keen to build on almost 30 years of serving in the town and ensure we offer our Esher customers the same quality shopping experience we are able to provide in our more modern stores.
“Through extending the store and providing a much improved car park we believe we can provide a strong retail anchor for Esher for many years to come.”
Waitrose said the expansion would also create an additional 40 jobs at the store, while more jobs would be created at the shop at the police station site. Waitrose and Levanter hope to submit a planning application this summer, with a view to complete the project in late 2015.
To view the proposals, visit esherwaitrose.co.uk.
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