Costessey superstore closes its doors

One of the biggest superstores in the Norwich area will tonight close its doors for a week to allow expansion work to be completed.

Work to extend the Sainsbury's store at the Longwater Retail Park, in Costessey, has been going on for the past few months, but up to now it has remained open.

However, from today the store is having to shut, so the finishing touches can be made ahead of its re-opening next month,

A spokesman said: 'Sainsbury's Longwater will be closing today at 6pm. The bigger and better store will then re-open at 9am on Wednesday, December 1, and this has been advertised in-store to customers.'

The expansion has created 120 part-time and full-time jobs at the store and store manager Chris Pardoe said the roles had been rapidly filled.

The extension at the Sainsbury's store means it will have homeware and home entertainment departments, a pizza bar, TU clothing range and environmentally-friendly toilets.

The Longwater Retail Park, which is next to the A47 Southern bypass, has received several boosts over recent months.

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Forty jobs were created early last year when Argos chose Longwater to open its fourth store in the Norwich area, while earlier this month a new Next Home store opened there, creating 43 new jobs.

Meanwhile, the store in Queens Road in Norwich is also expanding. The store obtained permission from Norwich City Council to provide 139 square metres of extra floorspace.

It will also see changes to the car park – reducing the number of spaces for cars from 310 to 309 and cutting the number of disabled spaces by two, down from 12 to 10, while creating new space for bicycles.

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