Fears over supermaket plans in Bolsover

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A councillor for regeneration in Bolsover is hoping Morrisons will still press ahead with plans to build in the town, despite their financial issues.

The retail giants recently announced they are closing 10 stores across the country because of a slump in profits.

They are yet to announce which stores, and also remain tight lipped over their future investments, including plans to build a new store on the former Middle Street Car Park in Bolsover.

The application was given the greenlight in September after years on the drawing board, much to the delight of Bolsover District Council.

But after Tesco confirmed they would not be pressing ahead with plans to build in Shirebrook due to a dip in their profits, it is feared Morrisons could now follow suit.

Coun Alan Tomlinson, cabinet member for regeneration at Bolsover District Council had described Morrisons’ plans as ‘hugely exciting’ when they were given the green light.

Speaking to Chad this week, he said: “Of course we are concerned, we’ve suffered Shirebrook losing Tesco, which was not a surprise in some respects. I do not want the same thing to happen in Bolsover.

“We spent six years working on Shirebrook, and about four years on Bolsover.

“I’m hoping the fact they (Morrisons) are looking more at those stores not performing, means they might see Bolsover as a place that is still worth investing in.”