Ebbsfleet Garden City has announced its first big-name convenience store to set up in the area.

Co-op will set up in the new Castle Hill local centre which is currently being created by Newcrest.

It will take the first of the five retail units in the village centre in Eastern Quarry with the remainder set to be marketed in the coming months.

Craig Smith, Regional Acquisitions Manager for Co-op, said: “We’re looking forward to opening a new store in Castle Hill. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to provide shoppers with our wide range of award-winning food.”

Quinton Hill-Lines,  director at Newcrest, said: “We are always delighted to work with the Co-op and Castle Hill is one of a number of successful stores that we have developed for them in the past.”

Ian Piper, Chief Executive at Ebbsfleet Development Corporation said: “With the village centre starting to take shape for Castle Hill residents and in  Eastern Quarry where two more villages are planned, an education campus and a whole range of retail  facilities and open spaces, you can see  why the people in our  communities love living in Ebbsfleet Garden City.”

Newcrest is currently on site at Castle Hill building 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail together with 46 shared ownership apartments that have been forward funded with Clarion and ten townhouses all due for completion ahead of Christmas 2019.

Ebbsfleet Garden City now has more than 1,300 completed homes, a new primary school, pub and hotel.

Plans for a second pub and hotel are due to be submitted early this year and plans are being drawn up for a £55million primary and secondary school campus in Eastern Quarry.

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation also recently announced it had employed a commercial property agency to work on its plans for a new city centre around Ebbsfleet International station.

Co-op has a hard hitting ethical strategy which sets out a recipe for sustainability including its commitments to source responsibly and tackle plastic pollution as well as food waste, healthy eating, saving energy and trading fairly.