A SUPERMARKET is planning a major extension which would create 100 jobs.

Sainsbury’s is proposing a multimillion-pound investment to extend its West Hove store, just off Old Shoreham Road.

The chain is planning a ‘triple zero’ project – meaning it would use the latest zero carbon technology, send zero waste to landfill and have zero impact on local water in the area.

The extension, which would wrap around the side and rear of the store, would create an additional 1,931sqm.

The customer restaurant would be improved with new products on sale in-store.

The layout of the car park would also be altered to provide better circulation and distribution of spaces.

A new unit within the car park would be used as an ‘explore learning centre’, allowing parents to leave children aged five to 14 in a safe and educational space.

A veterinary practice is also likely to occupy the rest of the unit.

David Lazenby, Sainsbury’s town planning manager, said: “We are delighted to bring forward proposals to expand our store in Hove, which would be our first ‘triple zero’ extension in the UK.

“As well as being environmentally friendly, the proposals would also provide a better shopping environment for our customers through wider aisles, more circulation space – especially around the checkouts – and more natural light into the store.

“We would also be able to provide a wider choice of our most popular ranges.

“We would like to know the thoughts of the local community before submitting a planning application to Brighton and Hove Council and will therefore hold an exhibition of the proposals within the store.”

A public consultation will take place before a planning application is submitted.

Councillor Dawn Barnett, ward member for Hangleton and Knoll, said: “It sounds really good.

“I like the idea of 100 new jobs and it’s a good firm to work for. I shop there most days. “I’m going to view the proposals with Councillor Tony Janio at the weekend so I hope to find out more then.”

The proposals will be on display at the store on Friday, September 5, between 4.00pm and 8.00pm, and the next day between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

Feedback forms and information will be available to enable visitors to provide their comments.

Representatives from Sainsbury’s will also be on hand to answer questions.