120 jobs promise in new store scheme

By David Newble

Thursday, March 7, 2013


120 jobs promise in new store scheme

From left, David Neame, from Neame Sutton Planning Consultants Ltd, and Nadia and Peter Harding, of Place Road Properties. Picture by Robin Crossley.

AROUND 120 jobs would be created if plans to site a new retail store on the Isle of Wight are approved.

Home, leisure and garden retailer, The Range, wants to open a new store in the former Readers building, in Place Road, on the outskirts of Gurnard Parish Council's boundary.

The existing building would be refurbished and served by a 190-space car park.

The company has no plans to extend the building, with around 30,000 sq ft of floor space, and the existing self-storage units at the site would be retained.

Around 30 people went to an exhibition and consultation into the scheme, at Cowes Isle of Wight Community Club on Thursday, last week.

Topics discussed at the event included extra traffic which would be generated by the scheme, ensuring there would be sufficient car parking at busy times and the how the proposals would affect local roads.

Studies of similar stores suggest the store would attract up to four vehicles a minute over the peak weekend periods.

David Neame, from Neame Sutton Planning Consultants Ltd, said a planning application would be submitted once the feedback from the consultation had been examined.

He said the 120 jobs would be full and part-time: "The vast majority of those posts would be filled from the local area because of the nature of the business.

"Nobody who attended was against the scheme, which was a massive encouragement to us."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk


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by Warren Copland

8th March 2013, at 19:11:06

The population is 140,000 at least, and considerably more during the tourist season. Asda, The Range and anyone else that wants to come over here. The more the better for reasons I could list a mile long.

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by Ruth Goodyear

8th March 2013, at 17:16:49

I don't understand why such a company thinks that the Island would be able to sustain them. There are only about 130,000 people here - about the size of a couple of market towns on the Mainland. If they think they can benefit from the summer season they are wrong - it is only about 6 - 8 weeks. Newport is dying on its feet so we really do not need such a large out-of-town development. Yet another nail in the coffin for local independent retailers. How many more specialised retailers are these sheds going to close.

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by Mike Crowe

7th March 2013, at 18:18:38

In answer to my own question I googled and found the Enterprise Agency's last posting was 2009!! 'Gone out of business'?

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by Mike Crowe

7th March 2013, at 17:42:33

I'm not in business now, but 30 years ago, the Isle of Wight Council, the Chamber of Commerce and an organisation called 'The Enterprise Agency' worked together to get business to the Island and to help business get started. Very good and got me started. Does anybody know if there is such a set up now? If not, does anybody know why not?

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by neil jacks

7th March 2013, at 17:26:51

I bet you would'nt get an answer but sadly I think we already know what it would be.

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by Mike Crowe

7th March 2013, at 17:06:57

Let's ask the company.

"How many mortgage attainable situations will there be advertised?"

'Advertised' as opposed to the Managerial Staff transferred from England

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by alan naylor

7th March 2013, at 15:03:02

Yes they all will be low skilled jobs becaues with the education system the isle of wight is only turning out low skilled workers the apprentice sceem the goverment has put in place for young school leavers cannot reach the Isle of Wight

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by Jim Buchanan

7th March 2013, at 12:41:06

The jobs the Island needs are those that provide long term security and the potential for growth.
Shop work always has the inherent danger of the national chain going bust... blockbusters, peacocks, etc

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by Mike Crowe

7th March 2013, at 12:19:41

and the full time would be the managers and department heads brought over from the mainland. No jobs there.

and the staff who do get a job there will be experienced from Morrisons, Tescos, Sainsburys etc etc etc and will be the part time ones

Sorry can't see very many "NEW" employment posts there :-(
Can't see toooooooooooooooooo many rubbing their hands because of a mortgage prospect on the horizon.

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by Steve Williams

7th March 2013, at 11:59:45

Maybe 100 part time where the vast majority will be claiming both child & working tax credits with 16 hours being the norm. Come on County Press, ask how many full & part time?

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