SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury’s has denied rumours that it is to take over a derelict city centre car dealership.
The former Quicks showroom on Lower Bridge Street, which is still under lease to parent company Pendragon plc, has been empty since November 2007.
The company was given planning permission to turn the three-storey building into a restaurant with retail space and parking in January 2008, but this permission will expire in two months’ time.
However, nearby businesses have noted that the To Let signs have been removed and that people have been visiting the site.
Most believe that the site had been acquired by Sainsburys and that it would become a Sainsbury’s Local, but a spokesperson for the supermarket said this was not the case.
She added: “We are interested in opening a Sainsbury’s Local in Chester and we are actively looking at sites but we have no confirmed plans at the moment.”
A member of staff at Inkjet, which is across the road from the building, said: “The rumours started about three months ago. It can only be a good thing because it’s an eyesore at the moment.”
A rumour that the upper floors would be turned into student flats was denied by the University of Chester.