Supermarket set to take over former St Albans video store
- Credit: Archant
WORK has begun on developing a former city centre video rental store into a Morrisons ‘M’ local.
Plans to fit a new shopfront at the former Blockbusters store in London Road were approved last month and a licensing application is due to be heard next Friday, July 19.
Officers approved the development as they believed it would not adversely affect nearby residential and commercial properties.
Two further applications in relation to the new store are currently in the pipeline and being consulted on.
Suzie Vincent of Ginger Natural Health, directly next to the building, said the council had failed to inform her that Morrisons had been granted permission to develop the site.
You may also want to watch:
She said she had known the store was coming to the road earlier in the year but wanted to know when it officially happened so she could monitor the noise. She explained: “Our business is dependent on not having hammer sounds when we’re trying to do a relaxing facial.”
The businesswoman said the supermarket chain has been very helpful throughout the refurbishment process and she accepted that the council’s failure to tell her of the plans was just an oversight.
- 1 St Albans Fireworks Spectacular returns to Verulamium Park for 2021 display
- 2 Police refuse to prosecute over Smallford Pits destruction
- 3 14 of the best places for a curry in Hertfordshire according to readers
- 4 Drivers seriously injured after crash at Wheathampstead junction
- 5 'It could have been fatal' - Tractor trailer overturns at London Colney
- 6 St Albans MP Daisy Cooper condemns government for fuel crisis
- 7 Property Spotlight: An Edwardian detached family home in central St Albans
- 8 New vicar comes to Harpenden church
- 9 Olympian Max Whitlock opens new Harpenden leisure centre
- 10 Campaign to save Harpenden pub which teamed up with Wheathampstead Indian restaurant
Suzie felt that the introduction of a new shop was a positive: “You have to accept that mistakes are going to happen. The worse thing would have been for it [the premises] to be empty.
“The last thing we need is more empty shops in St Albans, especially next to my shop. Morrisons is a good thing for London Road.”
In response, Simon Rowberry, interim head of planning and building control at the council, said: “We are grateful to Suzie Vincent for letting us know that she has not received a letter from us.
“We will be sending out formal notification to her shortly of the current applications. Any comments she has made will be taken into consideration before a decision is made.”
Morrisons was unavailable for comment.