The owners of the former Approach garage in Newbury Road have issued a statement about their plans for the property.
In it they explain that the proposal has been drawn up in response to demand from retailers, a good sign that businesses are looking to move into the town.
It will also give Andover a further filling station and should create between 80 and 90 new jobs.
Statement from Acrefield Land
“Acrefield Land acquired the former Approach Vauxhall dealership from the Administrators with the aim of developing a mixed use scheme for long-term viable businesses.
Extensive marketing was carried out across many retail use types and this established that there was no demand from the car dealership sector. Instead, strong interest from a number of national retailers confirmed sustainable demand for their uses in this location in Andover.
The proposed scheme has been drawn up in response to actual demand from tenants i.e. this is not a speculative development and will generate immediate local employment. The scheme seeks to accommodate the various occupiers within the existing structures on site where possible, addressing issues of sustainability in development.
The scheme re-establishes the petrol filling station use, but this time with an enlarged convenience store, with three retail units and a drive-thru restaurant. The brochure, which has been delivered to 251 addresses in the locality, provides further information on the tenant mix and the site layout.
It is envisaged that the scheme will create between 80 and 90 jobs.
Acrefield Land looks forward to developing a scheme which provides a long-term viable service for the local community.”