Former Co-op is flattened as Kirkby’s revamp progresses

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PILES of bricks and rubble are now the only evidence of the Co-operative superstore building which once proudly stood at the heart of Kirkby town centre.

The demolition work, managed by retail construction specialists RG group, stepped up a gear recently in preparation for the building of the proposed Morrisons superstore.

Permission for the store was granted by Ashfield District Council late last year as part of a masterplan to revamp the struggling centre.

The supermarket giant wants to build a 30,000sqft store on the site.

It will include a pharmacy, cafe and a bakery.

It is hoped the new store would provide around 300 jobs in the town and spark the regeneration of the town centre - previously dubbed a ‘ghost town’.

Car parking for 346 vehicles will be created, with a parking charge refund system likely for Morrisons customers.

Still to be bulldozed are a run of shops in Kirkby’s unloved town precinct.

Demolition workers were gutting a number of shops in preparation for the work on Tuesday.

The library and some shops will remain.

Derby based firm O’Leary Construction are carrying out the work.

Next week, road works related to the new superstore will begin.

Precinct Road and Post Office Road will be closed to traffic for their whole length from Wednesday until 30th November while a traffic island is constructed.

The alternative is to use School Street and Diamond Avenue.

Morrisons is set to provide funds for a new civic square for the revamped town centre under a Section 106 agreement, which is used by local authorities to ensure that major developments also benefit the community.