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Sainsbury's store in Tewkesbury could create 300 jobs

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 07, 2012

  • EXCITED: Ben Littman, of Sainsbury's, says the company wants to develop strong links with, and complement, Tewkesbury town centre

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UP to 300 jobs could be created in Tewkesbury if Sainsbury's gets approval for a new superstore.

The retail giant wants to build at Easter Park, the disused former Dowty Seals and Trelleborg site alongside the A46 at Ashchurch.

A spokesman from Sainsbury's said the site would also include a petrol station. He revealed that Sainsbury's had wanted to move to Tewkesbury for some time, but the breakthrough came last month when it clinched a deal with Easter Park Group, landowner of Easter Park.

It now plans to consult residents, community groups and businesses regarding the proposal before submitting a planning application to the borough council this spring.


Bosses hope, if planning is approved, that building work could start in the late summer or early autumn, with the store opening in early 2014.

Ben Littman, the company's regional development executive, said: "We are excited by the prospect of opening a store to serve Tewkesbury and the surrounding area, bringing choice and competition in supermarket shopping.

"Over the coming months, we will speak to the local community to ensure that the proposal is right for the area. In particular, we want to ensure it is able to develop strong links with, and complement, the town centre."

He said details of a public exhibition in Tewkesbury about the planned store would be publicised shortly and stressed that it would be held before the plans were lodged with the council.

If approved, the development will see a petrol station created and a store with a 40,000 sq ft net sales area. That means it will be bigger than Morrisons in Tewkesbury, which is 25,000 sq ft, but not as big as the Sainsbury's in Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham, which is 58,000 sq ft.

Mr Littman said non-food items would also be sold in the store, although it had yet to be decided exactly what those would be.

Shelby Powell, Tewkesbury Chamber of Commerce's secretary, said: "It's positive news for the town, especially with the creation of employment for local people."

Town mayor Councillor Chuck Pavey was equally upbeat about the proposal, saying shoppers who travelled to Cheltenham to use its Sainsbury's stores would be able to stay in Tewkesbury.

He added: "Creating 300 jobs for local people has got to be a good thing."

Easter Park has been disused since seals firm Trelleborg moved its operation to International Drive in Tewkesbury in 2008.

In 2009, there was concern in Ashchurch when the land was included on a Gloucestershire County Council list of sites earmarked for possible use as a new waste plant.

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  • AgainstBS  |  January 25 2012, 11:09PM

    There is a huge battle going on, out opponants really did under estimate the level of support.

  • whattheeck  |  January 24 2012, 9:51PM

    Reading the Ledbury Reporter web page on the story Supermarket 'not good for town'... 9:10am Monday 23rd January 2012, this shows how locals are fighting the store getting built the comments seem confusing as there is a bit of battle going on.

  • whattheeck  |  January 23 2012, 7:04PM

    AgainstBS thanks for your feedback, is this facebook page: https://http://tinyurl.com/6rqs4qv

  • AgainstBS  |  January 23 2012, 6:39PM

    Just an add-on, really each case should be taken on a individual basis, comparing this town with that really isn't answering any questions .. what is good for one may not be good for another.

  • AgainstBS  |  January 23 2012, 8:48AM

    whattheeck - No I am not employed by Sainsbury's I am a member of a group who is supporting the building a a new Sainsbury's in Ledbury, Herefordshire (probably the one your friend in Newent is talking about). We, as a group, have been fighting for this for some time and as such have done a lot of research into Sainsbury's .. mainly to refute the oppositions claims. I agree we do need more manufacturing jobs, but if you are in a town/city etc where there isn't a company or companies offering them, what else can be done to get some form of employment for the population. The economic climate in Britain is damn awful at the moment and it doesn't look like its going to get any better soon, North Glos EPC would rather see people out of work and collecting job seekers allowance from the goverment than gainfully employed .. how does that help lower the national debt? Its not just about the jobs etc it also about freedom of choice, we in Ledbury have been told that we can get everything we want for a weekly/monthly shop using the shops that are already here and the chances are we probably can .. at a cost, unless you are one of the few who have a job paying a big wage most people are looking for the best price before buying and while supermarkets may not be the best on some things, overall a trolley of shopping from them is cheaper than the high street. We have been told that upto 270 jobs may be lost in the community if the store comes here, mostly from local growers etc who supply the town shops .. yet you dig a little deeper and you find that many of those same growers etc are suppliers of Sainsbury's anyway, there are at least 7 within 10 miles of Ledbury .. including Westons Cider & Wye Valley Brewery. Any business whether large, medium or small can apply to Sainsbury's "Supply something different" scheme which has been set up so more local products can be stocked in their stores. The comment I always find the most amusing is this minimum wage jobs comment, as already stated Sainsbury's pay above minimum wage, and a quick scan through the local papers will show me that the vast majority of jobs advertised (even in manufacturing) are set at minimum wage as a e the majority of jobs in the high street .. so really trying to use that one as a reason to oppose is null and void. -

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  • whattheeck  |  January 23 2012, 12:05AM

    by North Glos EPC I agree I think the Morrison and Tesco cover the area well enough, by AgainstBS do you currently work for Sainsburys as you know a lot of information, ok they got Investors in people "Gold award" but The Co-operative Group has achieved Investors in People stat back in 2002, so thats the Co-operative Group, Tesco and Morrisons to name a few in Tewkesbury.This country needs more Manufacturing jobs, without this jobs and contracts will continue to be sent abroad I mean there is only one other Sainsburys I think and thats is Gloucester welll they have two? are they trying to build elsewhere? what affect will it have on other areas I can see your point of view is a Sainsburys getting built in another part of Gloucestershire. I know a friend that lives in Newent and she said one is getting built near her and it would be closer to her then Ross

  • AgainstBS  |  January 16 2012, 11:47PM

    Love the Anti comments here, mostly nonsense of course but hey everyone is entitled to their opinion. Just a few facts about Sainsbury's; 1. Their starting wage is well above minimum wage - £6.88/hour - they have no different pay structure between a 16 year old and a 20 year old. 2. They are the only 'grocer' who are investors in people registered 3. Part-time can be anything from 1 hour to 30 hours per week 4. Sainsbury's tailor the hours to suit the workforce, some people only want 10 hours a week others want 30 hours. 5. NO ONE is employed by Sainsbury's in a casual basis, all have contracts. 6. Even if the workforce were casual (which they are not) casual workers still have rights under UK law - Too many to list here though so look here http://tinyurl.com/6n5hgu3 7. No person can be "forced" to take a job .. that would be slavery, which is illegal in most modern countries. Also the comment on "too many service industry jobs", can I ask what other national companies are queing up to build a site that will employ upto 300 people? I'm answering on this item simply because we are having exactly the same problems with Antis where I live .. the naysayers and doom merchants will take whatever they can and try to scare those who haven't done the research into voting against a store .. believe me it gets worse the longer you keep saying "we want it". Take care all and I hope you get your new store.

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  • North Glos EPC  |  January 08 2012, 7:24PM

    CamperFan and Quasi2010, You are completely correct. Minimum wage part time jobs are not what we need. The site was perviously used for manufactuing, proper jobs, proper wealth creation, proper recovery. Amy86, you're wrong, too many service industry jobs is not a solution and does not create wealth. We might as well have a society where everyone does everone elses washing. That approach will get us nowhere.

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  • RonnieTewkes  |  January 08 2012, 4:48PM

    I'm still waiting for the Aldi - would much prefer that to Sainsbugs.

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  • amy86  |  January 08 2012, 4:36PM

    Quasi, can you clarify what you mean by workers being abused? I would think a chain like Sainsburys has too much of a reputation to lose should it be found to be abusing its staff in any way?