Food giant Sainsbury’s is still refusing to relinquish the lease of the city’s food centre – even though the building will soon be almost empty.
Next month’s move by Waitrose means the centre will only be occupied by a handful of small stores.
Bosses at thecentre:mk, city councillors and campaigners from the CMK Alliance group are all keen for the empty units to be snapped up by other retailers as oon as possible.
But Sainsbury’s have seemingly scuppered every plan by hanging onto their lease - despite the fact that it costs them almost £1 million a year in service charges.
It is understood the lease will not expire for at least another ten years.
“We have no intention of giving up the lease because it would not make economic sense,” said a Sainsbury’s spokesman this week.
The supermarket recently employed new consultants to explore ”new opportunities” following the Waitrose move.
”As plans for the site develop, we will keep the community informed,” the spokesman said,
A centre:mk spokesman said:”We are continuing to work with Sainsbury’s to find a solution for the Food Centre.”