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PLANS to launch a new foodstore in St Helens could create 250 jobs.

Gresham House PLC is proposing to develop a new 6,500sq m foodstore on the Deacon Trading Estate site, off Earle Street in Earlestown.

The plans include a modern foodstore, a petrol station, car parking and a new site access arrangement.

Gresham House say they will also fund new pedestrian crossings across Earle Street and Sankey Street and will substantially enhance pedestrian links to the town centre to encourage people to use other local shops and facilities.

If planning permission was granted by St Helens Council, the new foodstore could be open and trading by the end of next year.

John Lorimer, Gresham House PLC’s property director, said: “We are excited at the prospect of being able to bring hundreds of jobs to Earlestown. In the current economic climate, the jobs and investment that these proposals represent will have a substantial positive impact on Earlestown.

“Furthermore, the proposed full-range foodstore will increase shopping choice for the local community and reduce the need to travel for a main weekly food shop and to fill up with petrol.”

Mr Lorimer added: “Our plans are at an early stage and we are keen to obtain the views of local residents about the proposed development.”

To check out the plans for yourself, head to a public consultation event at Earlestown Viaduct Sports and Social Club, on Earle Street, between 11am-8pm on Wednesday, February 22.

A community information line - 0161 247 8417 - has also been established to answer any residents’ queries.