THE future occupants of a supermarket planned for the outskirts of Sedgefield has been revealed as Sainsbury’s.

The national chain has been signed up as the operator for a 30,000sq ft store at Salters Lane.

The store, for which Teesside-based developer Terrace Hill was granted planning permission by Durham County Council in December, is set to create around 250 jobs.

The plans include a petrol station, improved pedestrian and cycle access along Salters Lane and landscaping enhancements.

The shop could be open early next year and staff recruitment would begin before then, posts will be advertised on the Sainsbury’s website and Jobcentre Plus.

Sainsbury’s Paul Miller, regional development executive, said: "Across the country the majority of our colleagues live close to the stores in which they work and in the run up to opening day we will be look for local people to join our team and help make the store a great success."

The existing Sainsbury’s Local on White House Drive will not be affected by the plans and will continue trading as normal.

Durham County Councillor for Sedgefield, John Robinson, said: "I’m delighted that Sainsbury’s has been chosen as the operator for the Salters Lane food store.

"They’re a big name and a good employer to be attracting to Sedgefield and will bring hundreds of jobs that residents will be well placed to take up."