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SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury’s has submitted plans for a new store in the centre of Golborne, creating more than 400 jobs.

The store would be built on the site of the old Millingford Industrial Estate, just off Bridge Street.

Proposals include plans for a petrol station, a mezzanine-level cafe inside the store, cash points, a delivery bay for online shopping, and an extra 480 parking spaces.

The store, measuring 60,000 square feet, would carry the supermarket’s full range of food products and a large selection of non-food items, such as clothing.

The supermarket is also planning to carry out extensive landscaping around the site, including diverting Millingford Brook to create a natural water feature around the site.

Sainsbury’s say the new store would be environmentally friendly, with a recycling area, a biomass boiler for generating renewable energy on the site, solar roof tubing, and a system to collect rainwater.

The supermarket expect 425 jobs to be created, these will be a mixture of full-time and part-time roles.

Sainsbury’s regional development executive Michael Morris said: “We have had a positive response from the local community to our plans.”

A public consultation has begun, which will close on October 26.

Neighbours will have until November 5 to register their comments with the council.

Wigan Council’s planning committee hope to have reached a decision by January.