The multi-million transformation of a formerly rundown Wolverhampton estate has taken a step closer to completion with news that a new supermarket is set to be opened at the landmark site.
The long-awaited Blakenhall Gardens project had originally been due to start in 2008 but was delayed by the economic downturn and falling property prices.
Developers Keepmoat are behind the scheme which will see a number of two, three and four bedroom properties built.
Today the firm has also announced that S&D Supermarkets will be taking on the largest shop unit at the site in Bromley Street.
The store, which will be opened in June, will offer general grocery shopping and an off-licence as well as an Asian food section.
It will be run by the Dhillon family who have operated a supermarket in the Handsworth area of Birmingham since 1976.
Company Director Suki Dhillon, aged 30, said: “There has been a huge amount of time and investment gone into the Blakenhall Gardens regeneration and we’re delighted to be involved. We’re sure the shop will be very successful and we’re looking forward to getting to know people in the local community.”
Paul Degg, regional managing director for Keepmoat, added: “We’re delighted that Mr Dhillon has signed up and we’re looking forward to them arriving on site. It’s a sign of commercial confidence in the scheme and I’m sure it will prove a huge success. The scheme has transformed the area in recent years and our new homes have been hugely popular, creating a thriving new community.”
The regeneration project has involved bulldozing six multi-storey tower blocks and replacing them with more than 100 new homes and shop units. Work on the final phase is currently under way. A total of 75 homes have so far been built.