A new Sports Direct store in Bracknell that was meant to open this winter has been substantially delayed.

In May this year, the company submitted a plan to convert the old Sainsbury’s in Princess Square in Bracknell town centre into a clothing and sports store.

A spokesperson for Sports Direct said it would be opening ‘later this year’.

However, the project is facing a delay, according to staff at the The Lexicon.

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A photo of the unit shows it gutted with barriers preventing unauthorised entry.

Asked when the store will be ready, a spokesman for The Lexicon said: “The latest we have heard from Sports Direct is that they are hoping to open in Spring 2022.”

Once complete, the store will have an Evans Cycles and USC Clothing section.

The conversion of the unit was approved by Bracknell Forest Council’s planning department on Thursday, July 22.

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Sports Direct is currently located in the Peel Centre, with there being a plan to relocate the store into Princess Square.

The Peel Centre and the dated Point building have been identified for demolition and redevelopment in the Bracknell Forest Local Plan, which is due to be submitted to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate for approval.