The Gurn is delighted to publish Sainsbury's take on the good news. Sainsbury's, they're part of the community already aren't they?
Sainsbury's Nairn to herald further Highland investment
Today's announcement by the Scottish Government that they are minded to grant planning permission for a Sainsbury's store in Nairn will bring multi-million pound investment and 300 jobs for the local community.
Dougal Hartley, Development Surveyor for Sainsbury's in Scotland said:
"We are delighted with the Scottish Ministers' decision today to approve our store proposals for Balmakeith, Nairn. This will be our first store in The Highlands, fulfilling our ambition to bring competition and choice to Nairnshire shoppers. The new 25,000sq ft sales area store will offer a wide range of Sainsbury's products, along with a petrol filling station which will allow for supermarket fuel prices in the town.
We would like to say a big "thank you" to the people of Nairn for their unstinting support throughout the planning process which began almost three years ago. We would also like to acknowledge the valuable support and encouragement we have received from the community councils, from the Nairn Highland councillors and from Fergus Ewing MSP and Danny Alexander MP.
Subject to reaching the required legal agreements with The Highland Council, we would hope to begin preliminary construction work on site by early Summer with a real prospect of having the new store open by Christmas 2010.
The Highlands is a key location for us and we hope to announce further details on other exciting plans in the New Year.”