Larger store plans would bring 50 jobs

By Martin Neville

Sunday, November 18, 2012

 

MULTI-million pound plans to nearly double the size of an Isle of Wight supermarket, creating up to 50 jobs, have been unveiled.

Morrisons wants to increase the sales area of its store at Lake from 16,000 sq ft to 31,000 sq ft, with more checkouts, wider aisles, a larger cafe and a broader range of goods and services.

The plans also include improved vehicle access, with a new filter lane to the filling station to help reduce congestion at peak times and an additional exit lane to the Newport Road roundabout.

The extension, which will wrap around the front and one side of the existing building, will take away some of the current car parking spaces but an additional car parking area is proposed.

The extra space will allow the company to introduce more fresh food lines, which will be kept fresh with dry ice.

The company says its plans have had a thumbs-up from shoppers, who had their first opportunity to see and comment on the proposals at a two-day, in-store consultation.

One customer said: "It’s about time. Wider aisles would make it much easier to shop."

The Bradford-based supermarket chain, which took over the store from Safeway in 2004, hopes to lodge a planning application by Christmas.

The store will remain open during the works, expected to take seven months.

Last week, the company revealed a 2.1 per cent fall in sales nationally, in the third quarter up to October 28.

Critics have said core customers do not want gimmicks such as vegetables swathed in dry ice or exotic produce such as tinkerbell peppers, yellow courgettes and samphire.

But chief executive Dalton Philips said revamped stores had seen a four to six per cent rise in sales.

Plans for Morrisons expansion

Artist's impressions of the proposed plans. The east elevation, top, and west elevation, bottom.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Mike Crowe

19th November 2012, at 17:16:56

Neil, as Terry says, let her go by bus. Their service is so abismal that you will have time to go over to England by Wightlink and see Portsmouth, Southampton, hell even Cardif play at home and get back in time to help her unpack

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by neil jacks

19th November 2012, at 15:53:31

great news, it will take the missus even longer to get round which means more time to watch the footy.

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by sue morrison

19th November 2012, at 13:32:17

whoopi do more part time jobs what about full time jobs for the young unemployed. Also which store will loose out as there s only a set amount of money on the island and by bringing more stores will eventually force one of the big stores out

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by sally robinson

19th November 2012, at 13:12:45

I wish they would do home delivery as I think Morrisons are great

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by Terry Dalley

19th November 2012, at 06:53:32

This is great for the Island and this store is very popular and would be much more so if it ad an up dated public transport system ,at the moment it is very difficult and a very scarce bus service for those of us who do not own cars and seem to be left in the ether .

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by alan naylor

18th November 2012, at 19:54:42

most Morrison outlets on the mainland have exellent fresh fish and meat counters served by butchers and fish ****ers before aapproval perhaps planning should insist on this service being included like it puts on most things because being an island this might be to much trouble for Morrison s logistics and possibly excluded in which case why is the extra space needed

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by alan naylor

18th November 2012, at 19:54:41

most Morrison outlets on the mainland have exellent fresh fish and meat counters served by butchers and fish ****ers before aapproval perhaps planning should insist on this service being included like it puts on most things because being an island this might be to much trouble for Morrison s logistics and possibly excluded in which case why is the extra space needed

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by Warren Copland

18th November 2012, at 18:56:42

And Tesco Express is going into the Hartland Hotel apparently!

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by b ward

18th November 2012, at 18:11:11

well a lot of people will like a bigger store i am sure. For myself i now very
rarely go into sainsburys, since it extended as i do not like it anymore.Far
too big and full of junk food. Perhaps these supermarkets will implode on
themselves soon.
I feel they are all getting too much for a sweet little island like this.

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by tony white

18th November 2012, at 17:11:42

Wider aisles, wonderful now we can stage mobility scooter racing though the narrow aisles never impeded some of them as they just barge through

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