Morrisons will not pay £20,000 it pledged for improvements to a Crawley shopping parade, a councillor has said.
Brian Quinn (Lab, Broadfield North) said the retailer said it would not make the contribution to the Broadfield Barton Improvement Project.
Morrisons withdrew its commitment to the £500,000 borough council project after it closed its store in the parade in March.
Mr Quinn said a letter from the chain confirmed it would not reverse its decision after cabinet member Michael Jones wrote to its CEO.
Mr Quinn added Morrisons wrote it was in early negotiations with a large retailer over it opening a store at its vacant former site.
He said Lidl, Aldi, Asda, The Co-op and Nisa had said they would not open a store at the unit.
The council and businesses in the shopping parade will invest more than half a million pounds to the renovation.
Morrisons’s decision cost the council an extra £30,000 because of delays to the project.
Works include repaving, replacing the exiting canopies, lighting and improving the CCTV system.
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