Sainsbury's name the date

SAINSBURY'S in Matlock will open its doors on Thursday October 4, bringing to an end 17 years of speculation and delays.

The Cawdor Quarry development is expected to create more than 200 jobs, and many hope the supermarket will breathe new life into the town.

Matlock's new relief road will open alongside the development.

Christian Wakelin, property project manager at Sainsbury's, said: "We are delighted to announce that we will soon be opening the doors of this eagerly awaited store.

"Together with our neighbouring businesses, we will provide long-lasting social, environmental and economic benefits to the local community.

"We would like to thank local residents and businesses for their patience during the delivery of this complex development.

"Sainsbury's is proud to be coming to Matlock and looks forward to being part of the town for many years to come."

Shoppers will be able to access the store via the new A6 relief road, or via the new footbridge and footpath links to the store from the town centre.

There will also be a new taxi rank and bus stop provided in the store's car park.

As part of the scheme, Sainsbury's has also developed the existing Station Yard and Matlock Bridge car parks to create a new town centre car park with around 150 spaces and a new bus station, which will run in conjunction with the current facility at Bakewell Road.

The supermarket development had long been dogged by delays and planning disputes.

A Sainsbury's spokesperson said the opening date of the petrol filling station has not yet been confirmed.

The Mercury has been flooded with nominations for a local hero to open the store.

A winner will be announced in due course.

Cawdor Quarry will be further developed in the coming years with the creation of around 430 houses in the Matlock Spa development.