SUPERMARKET Waitrose looks set to make a proposal for a store on the site of the current Grange centre building in Midhurst once it is demolished.
The supermarket has submitted a ‘pre-planning inquiry’ to the South Downs National Park.
It is the first of three supermarkets which are vying to open a business on the site.
The other two are Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer who are also believed to be planning a food store.
Midhurst town councillor Gordon McAra, who is also the town’s district and county councillor, believes a major supermarket would boost trade. He said: “A new supermarket in the town would keep shoppers here and provide about 120 new jobs.
“It would also give Chichester District Council and council taxpayers a very useful sum of money through the sale of the land.
“Evidence shows if a town has a good supermarket not only do people stay to do the rest of their shopping, but it pulls people in from other places.”
All three supermarkets have been asked to go through the pre-planning process as a ‘scoping exercise’ to find out what stipulations there might be.
There is currently permission for 14 homes including some affordable housing provision on the site.