WORK has started to build a new supermarket on a former fire station which has been sitting derelict for years.
The land in Barnwood Road, opposite the Wotton Hall Club, will be turned into a food store and flats once work is completed.
It will become the 36th supermarket in the city. The planning application was agreed early last year.
The development is being carried out by Barnwood Construction and will include a new Class A1 food store and 12 apartments with cycle and car parking spaces.
Barnwood Construction's managing director Chris Gabb confirmed the company had signed a 42-week contract to carry out the work.
He added: "In 10 days we will be able to confirm which retailer will be occupying the space, once all the contracts are signed."
Last month, Barnwood Construction did final checks, including archeology examinations, before work began on Monday.
Mr Gabb added: "We had people come in to examine the space because it is a Roman road."
A design statement was drawn up by county architects Roberts Limbrick.
Resident John Whitaker, from Barnwood, said: "There are too many supermarkets nearby, especially if we have Costsco coming to the area. We have Budgens nearby.
"However, some people prefer to shop with certain brands."
Karen Osmond, an admin worker at the nearby Wotton Hall Club, said: "Within this area we already have three or four supermarkets.
"It will cause some problems with traffic, especially in the mornings.
"This will get worse once work starts on the roundabout. We have Budgens around the corner from here too, which is an express store."
Currently, including smaller community supermarkets, there are 14 Tescos, four Sainsbury's, two Asdas, two Morrisons, an Aldi, two Lidls and 10 Co-ops.