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Essential Land Partner, Scott Hammond, at the site of the former paper mill in Milton Road, Sittingbourne.
Essential Land Partner, Scott Hammond, at the site of the former paper mill in Milton Road, Sittingbourne.

Hundreds of jobs will be created if Morrisons opens a planned store in Kent.

The supermarket giant is to create up to 400 jobs, as part of a £30million redevelopment of the former Sittingbourne Paper Mill site in Milton Road.

London-based developer Essential Land, which owns the site, revealed its new retail partner.

The proposed 72,000 sq ft supermarket should create between 350 and 400 new local job opportunities.

Scott Hammond, partner at Essential Land, said: "We held discussions with a number of retailers but it was always our preference to improve choice for residents by attracting a top quality operator not currently represented in the town.

"We will be submitting a planning application for the Mill and Wharf sites, including new homes, leisure and community facilities and now the new Morrisons."

Mark Chappell, development executive at Morrisons, said: "We operate at the heart of many communities and are looking forward to helping regenerate the town."

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