A £1.3m scheme to transform a former petrol station site into a new Lincolnshire Co-operative foodstore began in Burgh le Marsh last week.
The 3,000 sq ft foodstore is expected to create 12 new jobs and stock a wide range of goods including local products, Fairtrade items, Lincolnshire meat and essential groceries.
Maher Millard Construction, based in Lincoln, has been appointed to lead the project.
Lincolnshire Co-operative said efforts had been made to lessen the environmental impact of the development by recycling bricks and roof tiles from the existing building into the new foodstore, adding that they felt the new store would also complement the character of the town.
Inside the building, the latest energy-efficient fridges and freezers will be used and all back areas will have motion sensors to ensure lights aren’t on if they don’t need to be.
Meanwhile the company has warned that a smell may be detectabled around the site early in May, when vital work is carried out to decontaminate the ground.
Because the development is taking place on the site of a former petrol station, the ground is soaked with petrol and diesel.
Remediation works will need to take place to address contamination in the ground and remove the tanks.
The Lincolnshire Co-op said the decontamination work was expected to take approximately two weeks and that during that time residents could potentially detect an odour from the site.
The remediation will take place about four weeks into the foodstore scheme, following the demolition of existing buildings on site.
It is expected to start in the week beginning May 7 or the following week, starting on May 14.
Nearby residents have been informed about the work needed. Lincolnshire Co-operative said it had been working with East Lindsey District Council and the Environment Agency to plan the remediation of the site.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s Store Development Manager Matthew Wilkinson said: “Because this site was a petrol station, decontamination work needs to take place before any new development begins.
“We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause local residents over the two week period when this essential work takes place.
“We hope, once our store is open, they will enjoy having the convenience of a foodstore run by a community retailer on their doorsteps.”
ELDC will monitor the work and its impact on local air quality.