AT least 240 jobs will be created at a new Sainsbury's in Barnsley.

The supermarket chain has exchanged contracts with B&Q to redevelop the DIY retailer's store on Bleachcroft Way, Stairfoot.

Business at the store is currently restricted to the sale of DIY products but subject to Barnsley Council lifting that restriction, the main building will be converted to a Sainsbury's.

Sainsbury's says at least 240 new jobs will be created by the proposed redevelopment.

Grant Anderson, the divisional director for B&Q east, said: "We have been in Barnsley for 32 years and it's with regret that we announce our intention to close the store.

"As our Dearne Valley store at the Cortonwood Retail Park is nearby, we believe we're well set to continue to serve our customers in Barnsley after the current store on Bleachcroft Way has closed.

"We're committed to working with Sainsbury's to do everything possible to minimise the impact of the closure for our employees."

Sainsbury's has informed Barnsley Council of its intentions for the proposed store, which has a sales area of 72,000 sq ft.

The supermarket will now consult with local people over the proposals, prior to submitting a planning application to lift the retail restriction on the building and make other changes needed, before opening the new store.

Bruno Moore, head of town planning for Sainsbury's, said: "We're very excited about the possibility of opening a new store in Barnsley and playing a big role in the local community."