Food store discussions in final stages

The Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company (WBRC) and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) are excited to announce a major milestone in the next stages of the development of Whitehill & Bordon town centre.

J Sainsbury PLC, a retailer that is committed to providing good food for all customers, whatever their budget or tastes, is set to become the food store operator in the eagerly anticipated new town centre, marking a significant step forward in regenerating the area.

Following the decision to part ways with Morrisons, WBRC has diligently pursued a steadfast and prosperous alternative. The agreement with Sainsbury’s will provide the right supermarket offer to the community and residents of Whitehill & Bordon and represents a strategic move towards ensuring long-term stability and further growth for the town.

The new supermarket, spanning an impressive 26,500 sq. ft., will serve as a cornerstone of the upcoming development. This landmark addition underscores WBRC’s commitment to transforming Whitehill & Bordon into a vibrant hub for residents and visitors alike.

James Child, Project Lead at The Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, expressed his excitement, stating, “We are incredibly pleased to welcome Sainsbury’s to Whitehill & Bordon. We are confident we have the right operator to help us build for the future. It’s great to see the town centre taking shape and reaching the point where we will be able to formally appoint a lead construction contractor for the supermarket phase. People will soon be able to see real progress on site as the building starts coming out of the ground for a Christmas 2025 opening.”

Patrick Dunne, Sainsbury’s Property Director, said, “We’re delighted to be a part of this fantastic development and we’re excited to bring a brand new Sainsbury’s store to customers in Bordon for the first time. As well as putting our commitment to providing good food for all of us on the doorstep of the town, our investment will create around 100 new jobs for local people as we create a new store team that will serve the community for years to come.”

The news has garnered widespread support from key stakeholders, including:

Robert Smith, Head of Major Disposals at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), who remarked, “This is great news and re-enforces the confidence I have in the next phase of delivering the town centre project. They are an operator that aligns with our vision for this development and will serve the residents and community of Whitehill & Bordon exceptionally well.“

Councillor Andy Tree, EHDC portfolio holder for Whitehill, Bordon and Lindford, added, “Against the backdrop of this difficult economic climate, I’m pleased to see that an established and one of market-leading supermarket operators in Sainsbury’s is coming to the town, increasing choice for customers. Its strong business credentials and proposition will be a real asset and an excellent fit with our growing community.”

As construction progresses and plans take shape, Whitehill & Bordon residents can anticipate an exciting new chapter in their community’s evolution.