Work is under way on Stans Superstore's new forecourt store in Llangollen.

The Shropshire-based ­independent supermarket, the only one-store outfit on The Grocer's Top 50 ­independent grocery ­retailers, secured the site in February. Work has now started to clear it, with ­construction expected to take five to six months.

Director Andrew Faulks said he expected the 3,000 sq ft store and eight-pump forecourt to be open before Christmas. The site to be developed is a ­disused car showroom and filling station and has stood empty for nine years.