New En Route to be Created on Town & Country Site in Sion

Friday 18 August 11:31

THE Channel Islands Co-operative Society is set to open its third En Route store if planning permission is given to redevelop the Jersey Farmers Trade Union’s Town & Country site.

The Society has agreed to buy the site of the home and garden store and create a 3,500sq.ft convenience store with six petrol pumps and 28 parking spaces. If planning permission is given, work won’t start for 12 months, as this period is required by Town & Country to complete its own development plans.

‘As a community retailer, we engage with our members every year on what they would like to see from The Channel Islands Co-operative Society. Our Jersey members have been very keen for us to expand our fuel offering for some time and we have been actively looking for suitable sites. We’re very excited about the prospect of securing planning permission for a new En Route on Queen’s Road,’ said chief operating officer Mark Cox.

‘This central location is great news for islanders and will complement our other En Routes in St Peters and St Marys. This is a significant investment by the Society and a reflection of not only our commitment to the island but also of islanders’ commitment to us.’

Mr Cox said that Locale at Sion had exceeded expectations since it opened four years ago. It will close when the En Route opens and the team will move across to the new store.

‘The Locale with limited parking was simply unable to fulfil the huge potential in the centre of Jersey. Our new store, which is close by, will be almost three times the size so we will be able to offer a much broader food range as well as our market leading fuel offer. Our team, which regularly gets praise and is highly regarded, will all move across which I know will be important to customers,’ he said.

‘The site also has the benefit of being able to accommodate a newly built store, giving us the opportunity to design the store from the inside out, rather than having to work around existing walls or other building features.’

Mr Cox added that the redevelopment would provide significant economic injection through professional services and contractors and would also create additional retail roles.

‘We will continue to look for other suitable sites as we know there will still be demand, particularly from members in the east of the island. We have five En Routes in Guernsey, which are spread across the island, and all of them continue to be very successful.’

Melvin Le Feuvre, General Manager of J.F.(T).U Town & Country, said ‘the Co-Operative’s plans for the site make good sense for both parties. ‘The existing building and associated fuel infrastructure are in need of replacement, and this fits perfectly with the Co-Op’s island-wide development programme. Meanwhile, we at Town & Country, are finalising our own, exciting plans for the future and these should be announced early in the New Year.’

En Route Sion is expected to open in 2020.

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