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Supermarket Chain Iceland is about to open a new store in central York.

The company is acquiring an old Homesense store on Foss Islands Road that closed a year ago.

Iceland expects to create 40 jobs, 10 full-time and 30 part-time jobs.

This will increase the concentration of supermarkets in the Foss Bank and Foss Islands area, with Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Asta, Waitros and budget retailers B&M and Home Fairgains already having stores within half a mile.

Iceland has been expanding across the UK in recent years, opening more than 100 large The Food Warehouse branches in addition to its regular stores, including Clifton Moore in York.

The plans for the Foss Islands Road have been revealed in the planning of applications to the City of York Council, and in recent years changes have been made to the rules for the shopping park.

When the site opened in 2008, permission was granted for a large Morrisons store, and the stores were restricted to non-food retailers specializing in large center products, to reduce competition with city center stores.

But those restrictions have been phased out over the past five years, due to changes in demand by large corporations and legal rulings on similar restrictions elsewhere.

The Icelandic shop front wants to do little work, but no big building or landscaping work.

HomeSense opened in the Foss Islands in 2010, but closed in March last year.

Sophia Harrison

Part time worker

I'm Sophia Harrison working as a part-time staff at the Costco since the past year until I become as an author at the iron blade, hope I can use my experiences with the supermarkets here.

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