MEMBERS of the public are flocking to the new Grange centre today (Friday, January 16) where multi-million pound plans for a Waitrose store in Midhurst have been unveiled.
Representatives from Waitrose and its developer for the Midhurst project, Kimberley Developments, who were on hand to answer questions said there had been an overwhelmingly positive response.
For Kimberley, Hugh Caseley said: “I don’t know of anybody who thinks this is a bad idea.”
The response to a consultation brochure put out to explain the proposals and to flag up today’s public exhibition had been ‘remarkable,’ he said.
Brochures went to the 3000 homes in Midhurst and a ‘Waitrose Midhurst’ website was set up for online consultation.
“Before we even started the public exhibition at the Grange with retailers yesterday evening (Thursday, January 15) we had more than 700 responses and well over 90 per cent of those were in favour of the store,” said Mr Caseley.
Mike Newton, leading the project for Waitrose added: “It’s been an amazing response and people are really excited about the proposed store.”
Waitrose plans an 18,000 square foot supermarket on the site of former Grange centre bulldozed last year. Developers propose to redesign the existing car park currently providing 303 spaces to give a total of 325.