Retailer plans major store expansion

THE owner of a north Northumberland store and butchers is planning a major expansion

A planning application to demolish the existing Farm 2 Freeze buildings in Wooler and build new 600 square metre premises has been submitted to Northumberland County Council.

The site is going to be completely demolished to make way for a new shop that is almost the double the size of the current one. The number of parking spaces would also be doubled, providing space for 24 vehicles.

On the first floor there will be a 70 sq m cafe/restaurant which will be open between 9am and 8pm.

According to the design statement, staffing levels will increase from 11 full-time and five part-time employees to 14 full-time and 10 part-time.

Owner Martyn Redpath said: “The building is getting very tired and the area around is getting tired. It’s been here from the 30s or 40s. My father and I have been here since the 1980s and we are progressing all the time. We just want to give people more choice with a bigger store.”

The plans have been submitted to the county’s planning department just as the area planning committee north has approved plans for a 14,000 sq ft store at Ferguson’s Yard.