Builders are set to get to work on Lancaster’s newest supermarket, two thirds of which will be underground.
Booths is replacing its Hala Road store in Scotforth with a new innovative site at Lawsons Bridge in the city suburb.
Now, three years after winning planning consent, bosses say preliminary work to create temporary access to facilitate construction of the state-of-the-art food store will start.
Their exisiting supermarket will remain a convenience grocery store and talks are under way with several retail operators to take it over.
Property director Graham Booth said: “Booths are looking forward to building a new store in Scotforth and continuing to offer local residents the best quality food and drink our region has to offer and maintaining strong links with the community and local farmers and producers.
“In the end it was our sympathetic building design coupled with a commitment to local sourcing and communities that won support from the council.
“We’ve long wanted to update our current offering in Lancaster and we’re dedicated to building a store that both satisfies local retail needs and compliments the local landscape.”
The company said the new store was sensitively designed and two thirds of the building will be below ground level.
Nearly all the existing trees will be retained in a bid to lessen the visual impact of the building process.
A spokesman added: “In line with all recently developed Booths stores, this store will be built to meet the highest sustainable building principles.”
When the plans were unveiled in 2010, 120 residents attended the first day of a three-day public exhibition on the proposals, where concerns about an increase in traffic were raised.
Lancaster City Council approved the 34,750 square foot scheme in May 2011.No start date for construction has been set but the store is due to open in 2018.
Booths also has stores in Carnforth, Torrisholme, Kirkby Lonsdale, Garstang and Milnthorpe.