Plans for a small grocery store in the car park of the Highlands Inn at Ridgewood, Uckfield, are unveiled today, February 13.
An artist’s impressions of how the store might look are published here (see the gallery below) for the first time.
UckfieldNews.com can confirm the Highlands Inn would remain open and would benefit from investment.
It will ‘not be Tesco’
No decision has been made on which company would run the store, if planning permission is granted.
It will not be Tesco, we have been told by the planners acting for the site owner.
What is planned is a local, convenience store which would serve the Ridgewood area and people passing on their way to and from work.
It will not be the size of a big supermarket and is not intended to compete with town centre stores but to serve a local need.
Highlands would continue to trade
The proposals are being worked up for the Spirit Pub Company, which owns the Highlands.
The pub would continue to trade and benefit from a “substantial investment”.
A public consultation event is being held today, February 13, at the Highlands between 2 and 9pm for local people to see the plans and discuss the proposals.
Morrisons have looked at Uckfield
Earlier this year, UckfieldNews.com revealed that Morrisons was eyeing Uckfield for one of its “local” shops but would not say where
The company had advertised for a manager. See story here
Most of the major supermarket brands such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons are expanding the number of convenience stores they run. There are other operators, such as Spar and Nisa, which have always concentrated on smaller, local shops.
Here is a gallery of the proposed elevations of the store, provided by Signet Planning.
Big companies looking to come to Uckfield
It has been a busy opening to 2014 on the shops front in Uckfield with UckfieldNews.com reporting on: