Could new Morrison's store in Wakefield be 24/7? 'Progress' on new supermarket for City Fields estate

The development of a new Morrison's store on Wakefield's  City Fields estate is at an early stage but "making progress".

Thursday, 17th December 2020, 5:29 pm

The store will be located at the western end of the new relief road, Neil Fox Way, near Pinderfields Hospital, alongside a 24 hour gym, drive-thru coffee shop and a GP surgery.

Morrison's have now applied for an alcohol licence, which would allow them to sell booze 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The supermarket has applied for a 24/7 alcohol licence from Wakefield Council
The supermarket has applied for a 24/7 alcohol licence from Wakefield Council

The Bradford-based supermarket chain has not confirmed whether this means it is planning to open the store on a 24/7 basis. Businesses often ask for a licence to cover hours longer than they need to give themselves flexibility.

But the company has also asked for permission to sell food between 11pm and 5am every day, suggesting this might be the case.

A Morrison's spokeswoman said: "We are still at an early stage with the plans for our new store but we continue to make progress.

"Part of this process is to make sure that we have all the correct permissions in place, including the alcohol licence, and we will share details on timings once it has been finalised."

An artist's impression of how the site may look.

Members of the public can submit comments to Wakefield Council about either of the two licence applications before a deadline of January 8.

Local Democracy Reporting Service