Sainsbury’s to open new Liverpool store

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is opening a new city centre store close to Liverpool waterfront. Tony McDonough reports

Liverpool Waters
Sainsbury’s will open the store this summer at the car park in Princes Dock


Sainsbury’s will open a new store in Liverpool this summer close to the waterfront.

Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters development has secured a 5,748 sq ft letting with the supermarket giant. The new outlet will be located on the ground floor of the multi-storey car park at Princes Dock.

Close to the Malmaison Hotel and two recently completed residential towers – The Lexington and Plaza 1821 – the new Sainsbury’s Local will be on William Jessop Way. It will include an in-store bakery and will be a collection point for Argos orders.

The store was granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council in January. It will be located in the northern end of the car park, which is currently occupied by Bean Café and Holyrood Nursery, both of which will remain open.

Bean Café is about to undergo its own refit and will move into a neighbouring unit, which used to be occupied by The Store newsagent.

Building work to develop the new store is expected to begin next week with completion in early summer.

Liza Marco, senior asset manager at Liverpool Waters, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sainsbury’s to Liverpool Waters. It will be a very welcome addition to the growing number of businesses now based at the Princes Dock neighbourhood.

“With increasing numbers of visitors, and further residential and commercial developments in the pipeline, this growing community will need access to a quality store selling a wide range of groceries, convenience foods and beverages.”

Princes Dock is now home to four residential blocks. As well as the two mentioned above there is also 1 William Jessop Way and Alexandra Tower. They will soon be joined by the ££50m Patagonia Place.

Liverpool developer X1 is to take over the development after a previous developer pulled out on two occasions. It will offer 278 apartments.

However, a question mark remains over the proposed new cruise terminal to replace the current facility. Prior to COVID the terminal, and a hotel, was all set to go ahead. But the impact of the pandemic changed the equation for Liverpool City Council.

Originally projected to cost around £50m, that has now ballooned to £88m. The council is now seeking a private sector partner to take the scheme forward.

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