A SUPERMARKET giant has been given the all-clear to expand further in Durham city centre.

Sainsbury’s has been granted planning permission to convert 3 North Road, formerly the Cinnamon Indian restaurant upstairs and a Burger King fast food restaurant downstairs, into a new store.

The scheme had the backing of Elvet and Gilesgate county councillor David Freeman and was approved by Durham County Council planning officers acting under delegated powers.

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Sainsbury’s wants the store to be open 7am to 11pm seven days a week.

The retail giant already has a superstore at the Arnison Centre, Pity Me, and smaller branches in Belmont, Gilesgate and, since February, on the A167 at Crossgate Moor, in the former Lodge pub.