Sainsbury’s is staying

Dorset Echo: Sainsbury’s is staying Sainsbury’s is staying

SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury’s has rubbished claims that its new Weymouth branch is to close or be turned into a DIY store.

The supermarket, at the Weymouth Gateway site, opened in October last year.

Rumours of the store’s closure have recently been shared on social networking sites.

Stephen Smith, Sainsbury’s property communications manager, said the shop – which employs more than 300 staff – is trading ‘really well’.

He said: “We’re delighted with our new store in Weymouth and the reception it has had from local shoppers.

“It’s trading really well and the new team has settled in and are loving their new store.

“Our new Weymouth store is one of our new ‘triple zero’ stores – built to exceptionally high environmental standards and one we’re very proud to be trading successfully from.”

Nationally, Sainsbury’s has recorded its lowest sales growth for nine years.

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11:39am Fri 10 Jan 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

It is silly that they boast of high environmental standards - heating that huge cathedral-like space must cost a bomb.
Why don't they install a ceiling at a more appropriate level?
It is silly that they boast of high environmental standards - heating that huge cathedral-like space must cost a bomb. Why don't they install a ceiling at a more appropriate level? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: -14

12:11pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Caption Sensible says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
It is silly that they boast of high environmental standards - heating that huge cathedral-like space must cost a bomb. Why don't they install a ceiling at a more appropriate level?
Maybe space for a second floor at some point?
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: It is silly that they boast of high environmental standards - heating that huge cathedral-like space must cost a bomb. Why don't they install a ceiling at a more appropriate level?[/p][/quote]Maybe space for a second floor at some point? Caption Sensible
  • Score: 11

12:17pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Caption Sensible says...

In regards to the main article: Why is this town so negative all time? There seems to be a perceptible lack of self-confidence and self-esteem in the borough. This must transmit to potential investors and it must put them off from coming here. Time for an attitude change me thinks!
In regards to the main article: Why is this town so negative all time? There seems to be a perceptible lack of self-confidence and self-esteem in the borough. This must transmit to potential investors and it must put them off from coming here. Time for an attitude change me thinks! Caption Sensible
  • Score: 45

12:41pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Mark Golsby says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
It is silly that they boast of high environmental standards - heating that huge cathedral-like space must cost a bomb.
Why don't they install a ceiling at a more appropriate level?
I'm sure they would value your your expert opinion just as soon as you post your qualifications and eligibility to be advising them on such matters.
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: It is silly that they boast of high environmental standards - heating that huge cathedral-like space must cost a bomb. Why don't they install a ceiling at a more appropriate level?[/p][/quote]I'm sure they would value your your expert opinion just as soon as you post your qualifications and eligibility to be advising them on such matters. Mark Golsby
  • Score: 20

12:46pm Fri 10 Jan 14

RobinofLocksley says...

"on social networking sites" - say no more.

I'm yet again reminded of a comment I once read somewhere: "It was always suggested that if you gave a million monkeys a million typewriters then they would produce the works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the inernet, we know this to be untrue"
"on social networking sites" - say no more. I'm yet again reminded of a comment I once read somewhere: "It was always suggested that if you gave a million monkeys a million typewriters then they would produce the works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the inernet, we know this to be untrue" RobinofLocksley
  • Score: 15

1:17pm Fri 10 Jan 14

adrianclerical says...

Everyone I hear from says the store is often almost empty of shoppers. Not having a car and there being no bus service I won't be going there. I can get a bus to Morrisons but its too far for me to walk to Sainsbury's from there - Morrisons are cheaper so I hear as well. I'm sure many people would be more likely to visit if it was more accessible by bus.
Everyone I hear from says the store is often almost empty of shoppers. Not having a car and there being no bus service I won't be going there. I can get a bus to Morrisons but its too far for me to walk to Sainsbury's from there - Morrisons are cheaper so I hear as well. I'm sure many people would be more likely to visit if it was more accessible by bus. adrianclerical
  • Score: 3

2:17pm Fri 10 Jan 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Caption Sensible says...Maybe space for a second floor at some point?
Yes, that is what it looks like but the huge space is off-putting to me and my preference would be a 'false ceiling' but then they would also have to instal lighting so I guess that would make it too expensive. Pity, it should have been thought about in the planning stage.

It maybe because of the low foot-fall but their vegetables are sometimes not very fresh.

There is a website that does a comparison of prices between sainsbury and some other stores called mysupermarket.co.uk.
Caption Sensible says...Maybe space for a second floor at some point? Yes, that is what it looks like but the huge space is off-putting to me and my preference would be a 'false ceiling' but then they would also have to instal lighting so I guess that would make it too expensive. Pity, it should have been thought about in the planning stage. It maybe because of the low foot-fall but their vegetables are sometimes not very fresh. There is a website that does a comparison of prices between sainsbury and some other stores called mysupermarket.co.uk. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: -11

2:48pm Fri 10 Jan 14

JamesYoung says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
Caption Sensible says...Maybe space for a second floor at some point?
Yes, that is what it looks like but the huge space is off-putting to me and my preference would be a 'false ceiling' but then they would also have to instal lighting so I guess that would make it too expensive. Pity, it should have been thought about in the planning stage.

It maybe because of the low foot-fall but their vegetables are sometimes not very fresh.

There is a website that does a comparison of prices between sainsbury and some other stores called mysupermarket.co.uk.
Everything about supermarkets is designed to help you spend money :-). In the case of high ceilings, its been demonstrated that people linger longer in areas with lots of ceiling height. In fact, a lot of modern airports are designed with low ceilings in areas where the airport doesn't want you lingering.
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: Caption Sensible says...Maybe space for a second floor at some point? Yes, that is what it looks like but the huge space is off-putting to me and my preference would be a 'false ceiling' but then they would also have to instal lighting so I guess that would make it too expensive. Pity, it should have been thought about in the planning stage. It maybe because of the low foot-fall but their vegetables are sometimes not very fresh. There is a website that does a comparison of prices between sainsbury and some other stores called mysupermarket.co.uk.[/p][/quote]Everything about supermarkets is designed to help you spend money :-). In the case of high ceilings, its been demonstrated that people linger longer in areas with lots of ceiling height. In fact, a lot of modern airports are designed with low ceilings in areas where the airport doesn't want you lingering. JamesYoung
  • Score: 12

2:54pm Fri 10 Jan 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

JamesYoung
The few times that I have been in our local sainsbury's to pick up something that was lower priced there, it seemed the number of other shoppers could have been counted on my fingers although I did occasionally glimpse one or two of them (:o))
JamesYoung The few times that I have been in our local sainsbury's to pick up something that was lower priced there, it seemed the number of other shoppers could have been counted on my fingers although I did occasionally glimpse one or two of them (:o)) IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: -2

2:57pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Bob Goulding says...

RobinofLocksley wrote:
"on social networking sites" - say no more.

I'm yet again reminded of a comment I once read somewhere: "It was always suggested that if you gave a million monkeys a million typewriters then they would produce the works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the inernet, we know this to be untrue"
Yes, I remember reading this, and it was actually a misquote. The original proposition referred to an infinite number of monkeys with an infinite number of typewriters (one each I presume) and this clearly has yet to be disproven.
[quote][p][bold]RobinofLocksley[/bold] wrote: "on social networking sites" - say no more. I'm yet again reminded of a comment I once read somewhere: "It was always suggested that if you gave a million monkeys a million typewriters then they would produce the works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the inernet, we know this to be untrue"[/p][/quote]Yes, I remember reading this, and it was actually a misquote. The original proposition referred to an infinite number of monkeys with an infinite number of typewriters (one each I presume) and this clearly has yet to be disproven. Bob Goulding
  • Score: -5

4:59pm Fri 10 Jan 14

weymouthfox says...

I've been converted to Sainsburys and like the bright airy atmosphere with natural night coming through the roof. Of course, shoppers can only do their weekly shop at one supermarkets, so as more open the jam is spread more thinly among the others.
I've been converted to Sainsburys and like the bright airy atmosphere with natural night coming through the roof. Of course, shoppers can only do their weekly shop at one supermarkets, so as more open the jam is spread more thinly among the others. weymouthfox
  • Score: 29

5:40pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Top Gear says...

Great to be able to shop at Sainsburys rather than the terrible Asda and the people who visit that place. No poor people shop at Sainsburys.
Great to be able to shop at Sainsburys rather than the terrible Asda and the people who visit that place. No poor people shop at Sainsburys. Top Gear
  • Score: 27

6:01pm Fri 10 Jan 14

islandman says...

adrianclerical wrote:
Everyone I hear from says the store is often almost empty of shoppers. Not having a car and there being no bus service I won't be going there. I can get a bus to Morrisons but its too far for me to walk to Sainsbury's from there - Morrisons are cheaper so I hear as well. I'm sure many people would be more likely to visit if it was more accessible by bus.
I agree. We don't drive so any chance of us oldies being able to access this store is out of the question. I've sent numerous emails to Sainsburys to this effect and they acknowledge this.

HOWEVER, they are in talks with First to try and have a route diverted to enable non- drivers to visit/spend money in their store.
[quote][p][bold]adrianclerical[/bold] wrote: Everyone I hear from says the store is often almost empty of shoppers. Not having a car and there being no bus service I won't be going there. I can get a bus to Morrisons but its too far for me to walk to Sainsbury's from there - Morrisons are cheaper so I hear as well. I'm sure many people would be more likely to visit if it was more accessible by bus.[/p][/quote]I agree. We don't drive so any chance of us oldies being able to access this store is out of the question. I've sent numerous emails to Sainsburys to this effect and they acknowledge this. HOWEVER, they are in talks with First to try and have a route diverted to enable non- drivers to visit/spend money in their store. islandman
  • Score: 10

10:59pm Fri 10 Jan 14

high68 says...

so the echo are now getting their news from one comment made on facebook. ha ha ha
so the echo are now getting their news from one comment made on facebook. ha ha ha high68
  • Score: 11

5:34am Sat 11 Jan 14

mark@greenhill says...

It's precisely the fact that it is quiet, that we prefer to go there.
Both Morrisons and Sainsburys are good, but Morrisons does get a bit hectic at times.
As for Asda, forget it.
It's precisely the fact that it is quiet, that we prefer to go there. Both Morrisons and Sainsburys are good, but Morrisons does get a bit hectic at times. As for Asda, forget it. mark@greenhill
  • Score: 16

11:11am Sat 11 Jan 14

peskykat says...

islandman wrote:
adrianclerical wrote: Everyone I hear from says the store is often almost empty of shoppers. Not having a car and there being no bus service I won't be going there. I can get a bus to Morrisons but its too far for me to walk to Sainsbury's from there - Morrisons are cheaper so I hear as well. I'm sure many people would be more likely to visit if it was more accessible by bus.
I agree. We don't drive so any chance of us oldies being able to access this store is out of the question. I've sent numerous emails to Sainsburys to this effect and they acknowledge this. HOWEVER, they are in talks with First to try and have a route diverted to enable non- drivers to visit/spend money in their store.
The Store has only been there a short time, i totally agree that an hourly bus going round that way enroute to Littlemoor (and back) would benefit us non-drivers as i would like to go there to check the store out, at the moment Asda is easiest for me to get to as though i leave in the town the Tesco in St Thomas Street is useless except for the odd item . I also don't understand why there are no signs up at the junction on the main Dorchester Road indicating that Sainsbury, Beefeater etc are down that area.
[quote][p][bold]islandman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adrianclerical[/bold] wrote: Everyone I hear from says the store is often almost empty of shoppers. Not having a car and there being no bus service I won't be going there. I can get a bus to Morrisons but its too far for me to walk to Sainsbury's from there - Morrisons are cheaper so I hear as well. I'm sure many people would be more likely to visit if it was more accessible by bus.[/p][/quote]I agree. We don't drive so any chance of us oldies being able to access this store is out of the question. I've sent numerous emails to Sainsburys to this effect and they acknowledge this. HOWEVER, they are in talks with First to try and have a route diverted to enable non- drivers to visit/spend money in their store.[/p][/quote]The Store has only been there a short time, i totally agree that an hourly bus going round that way enroute to Littlemoor (and back) would benefit us non-drivers as i would like to go there to check the store out, at the moment Asda is easiest for me to get to as though i leave in the town the Tesco in St Thomas Street is useless except for the odd item . I also don't understand why there are no signs up at the junction on the main Dorchester Road indicating that Sainsbury, Beefeater etc are down that area. peskykat
  • Score: 4

3:31pm Sat 11 Jan 14

popsiebabes says...

As far as I am aware the rumours were started by Asda managers
As far as I am aware the rumours were started by Asda managers popsiebabes
  • Score: -2

4:37pm Sat 11 Jan 14

westbaywonder says...

Bookers for me,Bigger, Better and way way cheaper citizens!!
Bookers for me,Bigger, Better and way way cheaper citizens!! westbaywonder
  • Score: -17

11:51pm Sat 11 Jan 14

westbaywonder says...

"The new Weymouth store is one of our new triple zero stores" WOW!
That obviously does not relate to the prices then!l LOL.
Bookers for me baby Bookers,Bigger Better and way way cheaper!
"The new Weymouth store is one of our new triple zero stores" WOW! That obviously does not relate to the prices then!l LOL. Bookers for me baby Bookers,Bigger Better and way way cheaper! westbaywonder
  • Score: -17

12:08pm Sun 12 Jan 14

voiceof says...

With regard to the rumours, you scamps are worse than a sewing circle. The shop has only been open a short time, no business would give up that quickly. The store is pleasant, less crowded and the coffee shop is ace. No chav shoppers either. Love it.
With regard to the rumours, you scamps are worse than a sewing circle. The shop has only been open a short time, no business would give up that quickly. The store is pleasant, less crowded and the coffee shop is ace. No chav shoppers either. Love it. voiceof
  • Score: 17

2:38pm Sun 12 Jan 14

westbaywonder says...

voiceof wrote:
With regard to the rumours, you scamps are worse than a sewing circle. The shop has only been open a short time, no business would give up that quickly. The store is pleasant, less crowded and the coffee shop is ace. No chav shoppers either. Love it.
Where do the "CHAV" shoppers go to shop?
What are "CHAV" shoppers?
Interested as i run a shop in Weymouth .
[quote][p][bold]voiceof[/bold] wrote: With regard to the rumours, you scamps are worse than a sewing circle. The shop has only been open a short time, no business would give up that quickly. The store is pleasant, less crowded and the coffee shop is ace. No chav shoppers either. Love it.[/p][/quote]Where do the "CHAV" shoppers go to shop? What are "CHAV" shoppers? Interested as i run a shop in Weymouth . westbaywonder
  • Score: -6

6:17pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Ellis Dee says...

Top Gear wrote:
Great to be able to shop at Sainsburys rather than the terrible Asda and the people who visit that place. No poor people shop at Sainsburys.
Not true i'm afraid. I'm poor and i shop at Sainsburys, i find their gruel in particular very good value!
[quote][p][bold]Top Gear[/bold] wrote: Great to be able to shop at Sainsburys rather than the terrible Asda and the people who visit that place. No poor people shop at Sainsburys.[/p][/quote]Not true i'm afraid. I'm poor and i shop at Sainsburys, i find their gruel in particular very good value! Ellis Dee
  • Score: 11

8:28pm Sun 12 Jan 14

dogloverdorset says...

I love the new Sainsburys, really good range of products, great bread and helpful staff..unlike some other supermarkets locally
I love the new Sainsburys, really good range of products, great bread and helpful staff..unlike some other supermarkets locally dogloverdorset
  • Score: 14

10:53am Mon 13 Jan 14

Hedwig says...

voiceof wrote:
With regard to the rumours, you scamps are worse than a sewing circle. The shop has only been open a short time, no business would give up that quickly. The store is pleasant, less crowded and the coffee shop is ace. No chav shoppers either. Love it.
They would if their idea was always to make it a Homebase store but it was easier to get permission if they "tried" a supermarket first. It is just like a huge warehouse and perpetually empty. Not to mention an utter rip-off. The coffee shop is far from 'ace'! 15 minutes and 3 staff just to order!
[quote][p][bold]voiceof[/bold] wrote: With regard to the rumours, you scamps are worse than a sewing circle. The shop has only been open a short time, no business would give up that quickly. The store is pleasant, less crowded and the coffee shop is ace. No chav shoppers either. Love it.[/p][/quote]They would if their idea was always to make it a Homebase store but it was easier to get permission if they "tried" a supermarket first. It is just like a huge warehouse and perpetually empty. Not to mention an utter rip-off. The coffee shop is far from 'ace'! 15 minutes and 3 staff just to order! Hedwig
  • Score: -6

2:27pm Mon 13 Jan 14

monkeydog says...

dogloverdorset wrote:
I love the new Sainsburys, really good range of products, great bread and helpful staff..unlike some other supermarkets locally
Quite agree. Far better than the others by a very long way.
[quote][p][bold]dogloverdorset[/bold] wrote: I love the new Sainsburys, really good range of products, great bread and helpful staff..unlike some other supermarkets locally[/p][/quote]Quite agree. Far better than the others by a very long way. monkeydog
  • Score: 7

8:42am Wed 15 Jan 14

dontbuyit says...

Yes, the wife and daughter love it too. They drive in from Dorch to shop here every week, gave up on Asda and Tescos. They love the fact that it's not that busy. And all the fruit and veg we get have been as fresh as anywhere else and agree their bread is excellent.
Yes, the wife and daughter love it too. They drive in from Dorch to shop here every week, gave up on Asda and Tescos. They love the fact that it's not that busy. And all the fruit and veg we get have been as fresh as anywhere else and agree their bread is excellent. dontbuyit
  • Score: 5

10:31am Wed 15 Jan 14

westbaywonder says...

Bookers,Bigger,Bette
r and way way cheaper,
We will keep using Bookers Thanks .
Bookers,Bigger,Bette r and way way cheaper, We will keep using Bookers Thanks . westbaywonder
  • Score: -7

11:25am Wed 15 Jan 14

bollywood says...

Over priced goods, I visited once and that was enough. I will stick with where I usually shop
Over priced goods, I visited once and that was enough. I will stick with where I usually shop bollywood
  • Score: -6

6:29pm Wed 15 Jan 14

simon26r says...

Well for shopping pices I use mysupermarket. But normally end up at asda.
The high roof is for light. The main heating is generated by the refrigeration units
Well for shopping pices I use mysupermarket. But normally end up at asda. The high roof is for light. The main heating is generated by the refrigeration units simon26r
  • Score: -5

3:30pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Bob Goulding says...

Hedwig wrote:
voiceof wrote:
With regard to the rumours, you scamps are worse than a sewing circle. The shop has only been open a short time, no business would give up that quickly. The store is pleasant, less crowded and the coffee shop is ace. No chav shoppers either. Love it.
They would if their idea was always to make it a Homebase store but it was easier to get permission if they "tried" a supermarket first. It is just like a huge warehouse and perpetually empty. Not to mention an utter rip-off. The coffee shop is far from 'ace'! 15 minutes and 3 staff just to order!
You are a bit out of date I'm afraid. Sainsburys sold the Homebase brand years ago. It is now owned by Home Retail Group along with Argos.
[quote][p][bold]Hedwig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voiceof[/bold] wrote: With regard to the rumours, you scamps are worse than a sewing circle. The shop has only been open a short time, no business would give up that quickly. The store is pleasant, less crowded and the coffee shop is ace. No chav shoppers either. Love it.[/p][/quote]They would if their idea was always to make it a Homebase store but it was easier to get permission if they "tried" a supermarket first. It is just like a huge warehouse and perpetually empty. Not to mention an utter rip-off. The coffee shop is far from 'ace'! 15 minutes and 3 staff just to order![/p][/quote]You are a bit out of date I'm afraid. Sainsburys sold the Homebase brand years ago. It is now owned by Home Retail Group along with Argos. Bob Goulding
  • Score: 1

9:28am Fri 17 Jan 14

Ageed / not agreed says...

shop online - get it delivered. so who gives a hoot!
shop online - get it delivered. so who gives a hoot! Ageed / not agreed
  • Score: -2

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