Confirmation that a new Morrisons store will open in County Durham by the end of the year has been welcomed by Durham County Council.
The new store will open at Dalton Park in Seaham, creating 150 jobs and providing essential community services to the area.
At a time when the retail industry is struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the plans are a welcome boost to the area and highlight the county’s potential to reverse this national trend.
The council has been working closely with both Dalton Park and Morrisons to ensure they’re able to meet the timescales for the store. It also follows the opening of a Morrisons petrol station at the retail park earlier this summer.
Cllr Carl Marshall, Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “I’m delighted with today’s announcement as it’s fantastic news for the whole county, as well as the local area. The creation of around 150 jobs is significant at any time, but in these uncertain times when the retail industry is especially struggling, it is even more significant.
“We have been working very hard alongside Morrisons and Dalton Park to ensure these plans become a reality and I look forward to this work continuing to ensure the store is up and running before the end of the year.”
Cllr Alan Napier, Deputy Leader of Durham County Council and Cabinet member for resources, said: “This is terrific news for East Durham and the region. We have been working so hard to regenerate the east of the county and the A19 corridor and today’s announcement further demonstrates how successful this regeneration is.
“I’m very much looking forward to seeing this project being delivered by the end of the year and welcoming more job opportunities to the area. It’s going to be of great benefit to our local communities.”