Published Thursday, 6th October 2016
The regeneration of Merstham has reached a significant milestone with the completion of the construction of a new convenience store, three shops and ten affordable flats.
In another important development, the Council can announce that The Co-operative will be the new operator of the convenience store, taking over the previous contract from WM Morrison.
The development on the former Iron Horse pub site forms part of a joint project between Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Surrey County Council and Raven Housing Trust to improve facilities in the Portland Drive area.
Raven is in the process of completing the sales for the affordable homes, known as Hearthstone, with new residents already moving in.
The shops, called Quarrydene Parade, will include the convenience store along with a dry cleaners, pharmacy and bookmakers.
Cllr Natalie Bramhall, Executive Member for Property, said: “It’s great news that the first phase of the Merstham regeneration is almost complete. This is a significant step to improving homes, community facilities and shops for Merstham residents.
“We are also really pleased to be able to confirm, after much speculation, that The Co-operative will operate the new convenience store. Co-op plan to sell its usual range of fresh food and everyday essentials. They will also be providing a cash and pay-point facility, which residents told us was important to them. I hope the community will be pleased with the new facilities.”
Denise Le Gal, Cabinet Member for Business Services and Resident Experience said: “It’s great the Co-op is coming to the area and people are moving in. This development is another example of how we’re investing in things that really matter to residents and will be an attractive place for young people and families to go as well as creating job opportunities and boosting local economic growth.”
Simon Finlay, Senior Acquisitions Manager for the Co-op, said: “We are delighted to have an opportunity to serve the Merstham community, it is an exciting time for the whole team. The Co-op is investing to transform and grow its convenience business, and create a compelling, co-operative and convenient shopping experience locally. Merstham will also benefit from the launch of our new 5 plus 1 Membership scheme which can provide a funding boost for local good causes.”
The Co-op are due to begin fitting out their store imminently and hope to open in early December.
Day Lewis pharmacy and William Hill have already begun fitting out their shops and expect to open during the second half of October, with Goodrich the dry cleaners expected to commence their shop fitting in the next few weeks, once all legal documentation is completed.
For more information about the regeneration of Merstham, see the Mertham regeneration page.