A POPULAR Wigan butcher’s store and restaurant is to be transformed into a supermarket.
Development consultants today ended many months of speculation and confirmed previous articles in the Wigan Evening Post - strongly and repeatedly refuted by the owners at the time - that multi-award-winning Noel Chadwick’s Limited of Standish will be redeveloped.
The company has subsequently had no one available to discuss the announcement or to say what it will mean for the future of the abattoir, restaurant and shop business established on the High Street site more than 80 years ago.
Ironically the confirmation comes at a time when independent butchers nationally are booming because of the horse meat scandal.
MAZE Planning Solutions of Bury, which is progressing the scheme for Chadwick’s, has announced an email consultation via their website at www.mazeplanning.blogspot.co.uk until March 22.
There will also be an open day to unveil the scheme at Standish Methodist Church further along High Street between 2pm and 8pm on March 19, where briefing documents will be circulated.
The scheme proposes to flatten all existing buildings on the prime site, which has, in the past been linked with both Booths and high street giants Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
But who the eventual operator of the supermarket will be has not yet been established, and it could even be the owner itself.
It is believed that approaching 40 jobs are currently tied up in the entire Chadwick operation.
In its place the butchers propose building a new foodstore on their existing site of more than 25,028ft sq floorspace together with parking for 150 cars. It would be served from a new access further along High Street with existing access and egress blocked off.
MAZE spokesman Andrew Watt pointed out that the Chadwick family has a very long association with Standish, initially as farmers and latterly as butchers and retailers, all within 200m of the present site.
He said that the Chadwick’s “forward-looking proposals” would create a modern retail business that could give residents and the surrounding rural communities a “great opportunity to carry out that day-to-day food shopping locally.
Mr Watt admitted: “We’ve been in discussion with officers of Wigan Council about the future of the Chadwick’s site for several months to make sure the scale and design are right for the town and its conservation area. During that time the design team has undertaken a wide range of investigations looking at traffic, ecology, noise, retailing and heritage issues to name a few.”