Construction work has begun on a new supermarket to be built on the site of a former garage in Kettering.
A Co-operative store is due to open on the London Road site early next year, with two smaller units also being built on what used to be London Road Motors and a Total petrol station.
Work on the installation of the new supermarket’s steel frame is taking place.
Developer Redleaf is investing £2m in the project, which comprises a 5,000 sq ft retail unit to be occupied by Midlands Co-operative.
Kettering Council also granted planning permission for two additional units, each of 750 sq ft, to be occupied by a takeaway and an office or small shop.
A decision as to whether to approve the planning application, which included the demolition of the petrol station, had originally been due to have been made in May last year.
But the go-ahead was not given until December, after concerns were raised over how easy it would be to make deliveries to the site, which lies next to the roundabout connecting London Road to Boddington Road and Woodcroft Way.
Paul Bishton, from Redleaf, said he was pleased work was finally progressing quickly now contractor Lodge Park was on site.
He added: “This is a milestone for the scheme and now that our main contractor is on site, we shall quickly start to see changes on site as development starts in earnest. This is not a moment too soon, as the site has been vacant for a number of years.
“The addition of a Co-operative convenience store to the local retail offer will complement the existing commercial uses and also be well received by residents.
“The development’s position on London Road, one of the busiest arterial routes in and out of Kettering, will also be convenient for passing traffic.”
Lodge Park is responsible for the construction of the scheme. The construction programme is scheduled to finish before the end of the year, with opening of the store set for early 2014.
Peter Hubbard, from Lodge Park, added: “We are very pleased to be involved in the construction of this new development. It will provide an excellent facility for the local community.”
Head of acquisitions at Midlands Co-operative Andrew Buckley said: “We’re pleased to be a part of this new development and are looking forward to providing a modern, environmentally-friendly convenience store to the local community and new customers.”