Plans to open a new Sainsbury’s supermarket on Hull Road, near Heslington East campus, have drawn criticism from local business owners.
Graham Kennedy, owner of the Hull Road service station, fears for the “oversaturisation” of supermarkets in York, as he believes local businesses will suffer.
In a petition to be presented to the City of York Council, Mr Kennedy is requesting a public debate to take place before the authority approves any more supermarkets in York. York Outer MP Julian Sturdy supports the petition, which has attracted more than 700 signatures since its launch.
However, Sainsbury’s say that the new supermarket will create 400 more jobs. They have also denied that there are plans to build petrol pumps as part of the store, meaning Mr Kennedy’s family-owned business of over 25 years would not need to fear competition.
The new supermarket is scheduled to be built at the current B&Q site on Hull Road, near the Heslington East campus and in a popular student area.
Anna Price, a first year Langwith student, disagrees with the petition: “There’s no shop on Heslington East and the garage up the road only has basic stuff. A closer supermarket would be very useful as it would make life a lot easier.”
However, some students support the petition. A second-year Sociology student and Osbaldwick resident told Nouse: “I don’t really see the point in building a new Sainsbury’s when there’s a Sainbury’s Local round the corner in Osbaldwick and a well-stocked 24-hour store and petrol station on the Hull Road roundabout. I can’t see how there’s that much need for another supermarket in York, especially on this side of town, whilst B&Q comes in very handy as it is.”