By Peter Devine
BRAMHALL village square is getting a £375,000 makeover ahead of the opening of a new supermarket.
The works are being carried out following confirmation that Sainsbury’s plan to reopen the 3,812 sq ft ground floor of the former Coop by April.
And with the supermarket giant is promising to create up to 20 jobs at its new local shop, the precinct is now undergoing a refurbishment and makeover to encourage yet more small businesses to return.
Paul Wrigglesworth, the associate director of Himor, which manages the village square said: “In terms of the ongoing works we have appointed Manchester & Cheshire Construction, to undertake a refurbishment of the centre.
“The total value of the project will be in the region of £375,000, with expenditure focused on the customer-facing areas.”
The works include a re-design of the central square to provide a children’s play area and new seating, an improved lighting scheme, an upgrade of the main entrances and full redecoration throughout.
He explained: “We are also removing old canopies and redundant items such as the kiosk to improve sight lines into the centre from Ack Lane. Works are due to complete in mid-April.”
“In time we would also like to acquire the public conveniences from Stockport Council with a view to demolishing them and improving access into the centre from the car park, but that will not form part of the current works programme.
“HIMOR will continue to invest in the centre over the long term as we feel it has the potential to improve significantly and become a central part of village life once again.”
Subject to planning approval Sainsbury’s is expected to open by the end of April.