Bosses behind the project of the new Wickford High Street Morrisons have issued an update on the plans and when it will open.

Here's all we know about the store and plans. The supermarket chain is to create 50 new jobs at its store in Wickford which is set to be open by next June.

A new Morrisons is set to replace the former Co-Op shop off Wickford High Street, and residents are now being asked to have their say on the proposals.

The Co-Op is due to shut its doors in May this year and Morrisons bosses say it will be complete and almost ready to open by June 2023.

A spokesman for developer Hariot said: “We are hoping to start construction on the new store at the end of June and it will be one-year build period.

“It will be a 40,000 square foot latest spec Morrisons store with lots of parking. There will be more than 50 permanent jobs and it’s going to be a flagship store for Wickford.

"We have been advised by Morrisons that 117 jobs will be created for local people, which is an increase of around 70 when compared to the Co-Op. Also to point out numerous jobs will be created during the construction and fit out phases.

"The total cost of demolishing the existing structure, building a new building and levelling the whole parking lot will cost several million pounds.

"Replacing the existing food store will enable the delivery of a modern and attractive contemporary store with good legibility and sustainable credentials to aid the redevelopment of what is an out-dated and run-down site.

"It will improve connectivity with the High Street, significantly enhance the existing landscape provision, enhance the convenience retail offer to local people and offer a greater number of jobs.

"Additional electric vehicle charging points will be added and the building will be a far more energy efficient and finally the existing parking lots will be retarmacked."