The question of what is to replace Ruddington’s former Sainsbury’s Local on Dutton’s Hill was answered a few weeks ago when a new banner appeared outside.
Dutch retailer SPAR is moving into 12-14 Wilford Road – having itself been replaced by a Sainsbury’s On The Go only last summer at our Loughborough Road filling station. So, effectively, the store chains will have swapped village shops – although the former Grice’s premises are slightly larger and therefore should allow for a more comprehensive range of stock.
Ruddington’s new SPAR outlet opened on Wednesday 3rd March 2021 and will be run by Ram Devabhai, who already has another small convenience store in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. He reveals: “We will be stocking County Bridge meats, offering great value meal solutions, a large range of chilled and good off-licence section along with top-up grocery and essentials. More exciting additions will also be made over the coming months.”
The total sales area of 3,881 square feet means, unlike our larger Co-op, Ruddington’s new SPAR shop will be permitted to open for long hours seven days a week – thought likely to be 7am until 11pm each day, like its predecessor. As an essential retailer, it will be allowed to open even if we’re still in lockdown provided that the usual COVID-safe ‘social distancing’ and ‘test and trace’ measures are put in place.
Graham Wright via RUDDINGTON.info