Morrisons gives assurance over its new building

South Oxfordshire District Council

South Oxfordshire District Council

First published in News

SUPERMARKET chain Morrisons has reassured shoppers in Wallingford that it is still committed to opening a new store on the edge of town.

In July last year shoppers celebrated after South Oxfordshire District Council granted planning permission for a new 30,000 sq ft Morrisons foodstore on the Hithercroft industrial estate.

The store is expected to create 300 full- and part-time jobs, and provide a £6.7m a year boost to the local economy. Morrisons announced last year it wanted to open by 2015.

But although the application was approved, Morrisons’ bosses said after the meeting that they would need time to consider a planning condition that the store building would have to meet certain design standards.

The chain has now issued a statement informing shoppers that it still intends to proceed.

Alexander Hall, a spokesman for Morrisons, said: “2013 was a year of positive steps for Morrisons in Wallingford and it remains our ambition to bring the community some good news on our new store in 2014.

“Ensuring we can go ahead with the store is an important process and we’re committed to getting it right for our business and for Wallingford.

“We hope to update the community soon.”

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4:27pm Wed 22 Jan 14

piper2011 says...

please hurry and open this store, we are desperate
please hurry and open this store, we are desperate piper2011
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1:01pm Thu 23 Jan 14

camden says...

In the light of reporting an 8% drop in sales over the Christmas period due mainly to their lack of an on line business model I suspect Morrisons are re-visiting plans regarding the development of this and other proposed sites. Do not be surprised that a new plan is submitted in the very near future including an on line shopping and delivery element. I wonder if the people of Wallingford will be so welcoming when the plan includes hundreds of delivery van movements every day?
In the light of reporting an 8% drop in sales over the Christmas period due mainly to their lack of an on line business model I suspect Morrisons are re-visiting plans regarding the development of this and other proposed sites. Do not be surprised that a new plan is submitted in the very near future including an on line shopping and delivery element. I wonder if the people of Wallingford will be so welcoming when the plan includes hundreds of delivery van movements every day? camden
  • Score: -73

4:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

aliej says...

camden wrote:
In the light of reporting an 8% drop in sales over the Christmas period due mainly to their lack of an on line business model I suspect Morrisons are re-visiting plans regarding the development of this and other proposed sites. Do not be surprised that a new plan is submitted in the very near future including an on line shopping and delivery element. I wonder if the people of Wallingford will be so welcoming when the plan includes hundreds of delivery van movements every day?
The area it is proposing to be built in is an industrial area which for years has had large goods vehicles moving in and out all day and night not to mention that waitrose has LGVs delivering in the centre of the town and this doesn't seem to be a problem! Why so negative? Perhaps you're part of the John Cotton Brigade?
[quote][p][bold]camden[/bold] wrote: In the light of reporting an 8% drop in sales over the Christmas period due mainly to their lack of an on line business model I suspect Morrisons are re-visiting plans regarding the development of this and other proposed sites. Do not be surprised that a new plan is submitted in the very near future including an on line shopping and delivery element. I wonder if the people of Wallingford will be so welcoming when the plan includes hundreds of delivery van movements every day?[/p][/quote]The area it is proposing to be built in is an industrial area which for years has had large goods vehicles moving in and out all day and night not to mention that waitrose has LGVs delivering in the centre of the town and this doesn't seem to be a problem! Why so negative? Perhaps you're part of the John Cotton Brigade? aliej
  • Score: -89

10:39am Fri 24 Jan 14

cornflake girl says...

Yay Great News, Cant wait.
Yay Great News, Cant wait. cornflake girl
  • Score: -108

2:51pm Fri 24 Jan 14

camden says...

aliej wrote:
camden wrote:
In the light of reporting an 8% drop in sales over the Christmas period due mainly to their lack of an on line business model I suspect Morrisons are re-visiting plans regarding the development of this and other proposed sites. Do not be surprised that a new plan is submitted in the very near future including an on line shopping and delivery element. I wonder if the people of Wallingford will be so welcoming when the plan includes hundreds of delivery van movements every day?
The area it is proposing to be built in is an industrial area which for years has had large goods vehicles moving in and out all day and night not to mention that waitrose has LGVs delivering in the centre of the town and this doesn't seem to be a problem! Why so negative? Perhaps you're part of the John Cotton Brigade?
Not Negative just cautious, I believe most of the problems within all our villages/towns regarding traffic congestion come about as a result of development without proper considerations for the improvement of current infrastructure that is required. John Cotton is Commander-in Chief of the Nimby Brigade, I however accept that some development has to happen, I just want to see all the facts regarding new developments that I can. Then and only then can I make a reasoned judgement.
[quote][p][bold]aliej[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camden[/bold] wrote: In the light of reporting an 8% drop in sales over the Christmas period due mainly to their lack of an on line business model I suspect Morrisons are re-visiting plans regarding the development of this and other proposed sites. Do not be surprised that a new plan is submitted in the very near future including an on line shopping and delivery element. I wonder if the people of Wallingford will be so welcoming when the plan includes hundreds of delivery van movements every day?[/p][/quote]The area it is proposing to be built in is an industrial area which for years has had large goods vehicles moving in and out all day and night not to mention that waitrose has LGVs delivering in the centre of the town and this doesn't seem to be a problem! Why so negative? Perhaps you're part of the John Cotton Brigade?[/p][/quote]Not Negative just cautious, I believe most of the problems within all our villages/towns regarding traffic congestion come about as a result of development without proper considerations for the improvement of current infrastructure that is required. John Cotton is Commander-in Chief of the Nimby Brigade, I however accept that some development has to happen, I just want to see all the facts regarding new developments that I can. Then and only then can I make a reasoned judgement. camden
  • Score: -72

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