CONTRACTORS have now started work on a Sainsbury’s Local store near Oxford railway station.

The supermarket chain has been given planning permission to construct the mini-supermarket on the ground floor of the Royal Oxford Hotel, fronting Frideswide Square.

Builders have now moved their equipment onto the forecourt in front of the hotel entrance.

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Work is also being carried out inside to redesign the space formerly occupied by Bamboo restaurant.

Oxford Mail:

Property consultants VSL said earlier that the supermarket giant, which also runs stores in Magdalen Street, St Aldate’s and the Westgate Centre, has bought a 15-year lease.

The space was being marketed for restaurants before Britain’s third largest supermarket chain snapped it up.

Oxford Mail:

Plans included a bright orange cash point, matching the overall theme of the shop.

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Orange and brown signs saying Sainsbury’s Local are also expected to feature, and the store will sell oven baked bread, fresh fruit and veg, chilled beer and wine and is expected to be open every day from 7am to 11pm. No opening date has been confirmed.