Ripon Sainsbury's confirms reopening date after sinkhole forces store's closure

Staff and customers were evacuated from the building. Picture: Gaynor Gray.
Staff and customers were evacuated from the building. Picture: Gaynor Gray.

Ripon's Sainsbury's store has now been closed for eight days, and loyal customers have been wondering when exactly the supermarket will reopen.

Staff and customers were evacuated on August 21 due to a sinkhole that opened up behind the building, and structural engineers have been on-site to assess the repair work that needs to be carried out.

But now it's official: Sainsbury's plans to reopen the Ripon branch on September 12.

A spokesperson told the 'Gazette today: "We can confirm September 12th is the aim, but subject to change. We will reopen as soon as it’s safe to do so, and are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause."

What we know so far:

Ripon Sainsbury's: Information for customers as sinkhole forces store to remain closed
Alarm as sinkhole opens in Ripon city centre: Residents react
Supermarket evacuated as sinkhole opens up in Ripon
Advice for home buyers in Ripon: What to do if you're worried about sinkholes
Ripon's sinkholes: Experts have their say on what can cause them in our city