New Sainsbury's 'will create thriving high street' in Cardigan

THE new Sainsbury’s store coming to Cardigan early next year will attract shoppers to the town and help to create “a thriving high street that will benefit its many traders all year round”, claims the company.

Billed as the firm’s flagship store for west Wales, the supermarket will employ around 250 people.

The plans include: a 30,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s foodstore; 350-space shoppers’ car park; customer restaurant; all fresh food counters and the TU clothing range; cash points and a recycling bank; and a new link road through Pendre and Bath-house to Gwbert Road.

Sainsbury’s is set to reveal the detailed proposals for the store with a public exhibition at the Guildhall from Monday, March 8 to Saturday, March 13, between 9am and 5pm.

It is due to open in Spring 2011.

Jamie Baker, Sainsbury’s regional development executive, said: “Since Sainsbury’s is not represented in west Wales, we’re dedicated to developing a state-of-the-art store that will make our offer more readily available to Cardigan’s local community.

“A Sainsbury’s so close to the town centre could also attract more shoppers to Cardigan, encouraging a thriving high street that would benefit its many traders all year round.

“Importantly, our proposals will also create a large number of jobs that will be prioritised for local people. Colleagues will have the opportunity to pursue a range of careers, gain nationally recognised qualifications and benefit from flexible working practices to meet their individual needs.”

He added: “What’s more, our plans will help kick-start further work on the Bath-house development, such as the road infrastructure works, which will create further employment opportunities and help unlock the rest of the long-awaited scheme.”

Sainsbury’s already has outline planning consent for the Bath-house development site but will be submitting a more detailed application to Ceredigion County Council in the coming weeks.

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12:30pm Thu 18 Feb 10

Rod2 says...

Doesn't this person know that there's a branch of Sainsbury's in Lampeter?
Check their prices-frightening.
.However, as with the "hospital" it seems there is some way to go yet.
Doesn't this person know that there's a branch of Sainsbury's in Lampeter? Check their prices-frightening. .However, as with the "hospital" it seems there is some way to go yet. Rod2

10:12am Fri 19 Feb 10

kippermanbike says...

Well, they have not even submitted final plans yet!!! As much as I would like to see Cardigan flourish, its a shame that they have to turn Gwbert Road into a busy highway! Can you imagine 40ton lorries screaming down the road at 3 in the morning delivering fresh food to the store?
Well, they have not even submitted final plans yet!!! As much as I would like to see Cardigan flourish, its a shame that they have to turn Gwbert Road into a busy highway! Can you imagine 40ton lorries screaming down the road at 3 in the morning delivering fresh food to the store? kippermanbike

12:55pm Sat 20 Feb 10

owain pendwr says...

To say that Sainsbury's would create a vibrant high street is like saying Sweeny Todd was good for Fleet St.

Cardigan has an almost dead trading environment compared to Narberth, a comparable town that has thus far resisted Supermarkets.

The sign of a sick high street is one that is dominated by charity shops and interspersed with empty ones.

Unless the rates are brought down, Cardigan is doomed.

The only good thing that could be said for Sainsbury's is that it will be a blow for our dominant Supermarket, Tesco, which has never offered us much in the way of an interesting choice of produce.

I went to Morrisons in Haverfordwest last week and the difference was staggering.

In an ideal world we would be able to buy all of our groceries in Cardigan's high street shops but sadly the connections between the large corporations and the people in Government are too well established and Cardigan will be left to flounder.
To say that Sainsbury's would create a vibrant high street is like saying Sweeny Todd was good for Fleet St. Cardigan has an almost dead trading environment compared to Narberth, a comparable town that has thus far resisted Supermarkets. The sign of a sick high street is one that is dominated by charity shops and interspersed with empty ones. Unless the rates are brought down, Cardigan is doomed. The only good thing that could be said for Sainsbury's is that it will be a blow for our dominant Supermarket, Tesco, which has never offered us much in the way of an interesting choice of produce. I went to Morrisons in Haverfordwest last week and the difference was staggering. In an ideal world we would be able to buy all of our groceries in Cardigan's high street shops but sadly the connections between the large corporations and the people in Government are too well established and Cardigan will be left to flounder. owain pendwr

10:30am Thu 25 Feb 10

kippermanbike says...

Huh, still can't put comments on all stories... This I belive is what is know as Media Control of Public Opinion. And there was me thinking we were living in modern times, with freedom of information, freedom of speech.... No, sorry, just woke up, this is the Tivy-side, Im sure no Politician has any influence over what it publishes or allows people to say......
Or does it?

Whats happening with the Tesco junction latley? Not been in Cardigan for around 6moths now! What expensive hair brained scheme have they come up with?
Huh, still can't put comments on all stories... This I belive is what is know as Media Control of Public Opinion. And there was me thinking we were living in modern times, with freedom of information, freedom of speech.... No, sorry, just woke up, this is the Tivy-side, Im sure no Politician has any influence over what it publishes or allows people to say...... Or does it? Whats happening with the Tesco junction latley? Not been in Cardigan for around 6moths now! What expensive hair brained scheme have they come up with? kippermanbike

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