Sainsbury’s replaces Netto as area’s anchor

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A LOCAL centre in Milton Keynes is set to get a new Sainsbury’s as part of plans to increase the number of retail outlets and enhance facilities for tenants and customers.

Improvements at Shenley Church End, planned by The Parks Trust, will include increasing the number of retail units and providing a better mix of shops.

A planning application has been submitted to carry out works which also include improving the car park layout, fixing the clock, installing a cash machine and ensuring that the centre is more visible from the main road.

Contracts have been exchanged with Sainsbury’s to take on the largest of the centre’s retail units and, subject to planning permission, it is hoped that their new store will open in October 2011.

Jenny Strathern, commercial manager at The Parks Trust, said: “It’s great to have Sainsbury’s on board as having a strong retail anchor is essential for the future of the centre.”

Robin Ockendon, regional acquisition manager for Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re very pleased to be a part of the plans to revitalise Shenley Church End.  Our new convenience store will complement our existing main supermarkets in Milton Keynes and Bletchley.

“We’re really looking forward to opening the store later this year which will create new jobs for the community and help to improve the shopping experience for customers.”

Netto currently occupies the largest retail unit at the local centre and its lease will expire in June 2011.

Sainsbury’s opening hours will be 7am to 11pm.