|The Rushden Echo, 29th June 1973, transcribed by Jim Hollis
New Supermarket May be Ready by Next Summer
A giant new supermarket could be opened in Rushden’s High Street by the summer of next year. The move into the town is being made by the firm of Bishops Foodstores, which has its headquarters at Ruislip. The supermarket will be built on the site of Lawrences shop, and the announcement ends months of speculation about the potential redevelopment of the premises.
This week, Mr. Michael Bradfield, managing director of Bishops, said the supermarket could well be the largest in the town. “We would hope that new buildings could be started within two or three months, and could be finished in the summer of next year.” Mr. Bradfield added that detailed planning permission has not yet been obtained, but broad agreement has been reached with the councils concerned.
In all, the building could cost about half-a-million pounds. This will be divided between Bishops and Mackenzie Hill, the Buckinghamshire property firm which originally bought the site.
The site comprises three properties, and is bounded by High Street, George Street, Rectory Road and Coffee Tavern Lane. It is being cleared at the moment, and will be leased by Mackenzie Hill to Bishops. In addition to the store, there will be a warehouse and car park.
Mr. Bradfield said the shop would have the usual range of foodstuffs, with wines and hardware as well. He described Bishops as “very much a family orientated business”, which has been in existence for over 110 years.