New Co-Op store in Chickerell will create 20 jobs

Dorset Echo: FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE: The proposed site of a Co-operative store FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE: The proposed site of a Co-operative store

A new Co-Op store is planned for a multi-million pound Weymouth business park.

If permission is granted, the 4,000 sq ft Co-operative store at Link Park would create around 20 new jobs and is expected to open by the end of the year.

The proposed store, though smaller than a supermarket, would be one of the largest Co-operative convenience stores in the country and would link with a bus and cycle route.

It would feature a small cafe, bakery, fresh produce, a cashpoint, 24 parking spaces, bicycle parking and upstairs office space that could accommodate around 40 workers.

Mickey Jones, chief executive of Link Park developer DJ Property, says the shop would serve Chickerell residents, workers on the nearby Granby Industrial Estate and holidaymakers from camping and caravan sites along the coast road.

He said: “This new Co-operative store represents a significant investment for the western area of Weymouth and Chickerell.

“At the moment households have to travel across to the eastern side of Weymouth to visit two large supermarkets or into the centre of Weymouth to access others.

“Many new homes, schools and businesses are proposed for Chickerell and the surrounding industrial area in the future and therefore it is very important that we can offer a sustainable retail solution on this side of town.”

Mr Jones said there is room for another large food store in Weymouth.

“If one or several of the supermarkets are quiet at the moment it’s because they have misunderstood the market.

“People have been telling me that they want a shop there.

“The fact that something elsewhere may be wrong doesn’t mean that something here isn’t right.

“This doesn’t compete with the post office and what’s already on offer in this area.”

Gareth Dexter, retail acquisitions manager for the Co-operative Food in the South West, said: “The new Link Park site in Chickerell will be important to us. The community has indicated that they would like a store closer to where they live and work.”

The plans have been put before Chickerell Town Council and will be looked at by planning officers before going to the planning committee of West Dorset District Council.

Second phase go-ahead

THE second phase of £14million Link Park has been approved by planners.

It will attract small to medium-sized businesses that may be looking to relocate or expand from other locations in Weymouth or from other parts of Dorset or the UK.

These units will be ready for occupation by the summer.

The first phase of the business park, an extension to South Dorset’s largest employment site the Granby Industrial Estate, has seen national firms Screwfix, Toolstation, Topps Tiles, Euro Car Parts and Halfords opening their doors on the site.

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6:56am Fri 21 Feb 14

cosmick says...

Another food store with more part time jobs, not groud breaking is it?
Another food store with more part time jobs, not groud breaking is it? cosmick

7:31am Fri 21 Feb 14

arlbergbahn says...

At least it's not right next door to another one, so this might perhaps be reasonably useful.
At least it's not right next door to another one, so this might perhaps be reasonably useful. arlbergbahn

7:46am Fri 21 Feb 14

islandman says...

At least they've had the foresight to build it on a bus route, unlike Sainsbury's. How long have they been open?. Each time we ask people if they've visited Sainsbury's yet, they all say the same thing "there's no way we can get there".
At least they've had the foresight to build it on a bus route, unlike Sainsbury's. How long have they been open?. Each time we ask people if they've visited Sainsbury's yet, they all say the same thing "there's no way we can get there". islandman

9:27am Fri 21 Feb 14

Sally MacLennane says...

I thought this was an industrial park, not a commercial one....

Seems like a poor fit to me. Despite permission not yet being granted, it seems work has already started anyway...
I thought this was an industrial park, not a commercial one.... Seems like a poor fit to me. Despite permission not yet being granted, it seems work has already started anyway... Sally MacLennane

10:00am Fri 21 Feb 14

Douglas Mc says...

Chickerell Town (which includes the Granby, Cobham and much of Lanehouse) has no supermarket. The draft Local Plan requires one. Actually this site is well paced for a good third of residents of both Towns. Seems to me that the store and parking are too small.
Chickerell Town (which includes the Granby, Cobham and much of Lanehouse) has no supermarket. The draft Local Plan requires one. Actually this site is well paced for a good third of residents of both Towns. Seems to me that the store and parking are too small. Douglas Mc

2:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

MaidofDorset says...

Most people don't want to clog up the streets of Weymouth to get their grocery shopping. The Granby workers will be able to grab some groceries on their way out of town each night.

Personally I'd like to see convenience stores that were bigger so they had a little more choice. Life's too short to waste it walking up and down endless aisles selecting a tin of beans from 50 different brands.
Most people don't want to clog up the streets of Weymouth to get their grocery shopping. The Granby workers will be able to grab some groceries on their way out of town each night. Personally I'd like to see convenience stores that were bigger so they had a little more choice. Life's too short to waste it walking up and down endless aisles selecting a tin of beans from 50 different brands. MaidofDorset

2:32pm Fri 21 Feb 14

bollywood says...

So is it in Chickerell or Weymouth?
So is it in Chickerell or Weymouth? bollywood

2:42pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Douglas Mc says...

bollywood wrote:
So is it in Chickerell or Weymouth?
Chickerell Town, West Dorset as also are all of the Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth Police Station. Weymouth Land Reg, Wessex Stadium etc
[quote][p][bold]bollywood[/bold] wrote: So is it in Chickerell or Weymouth?[/p][/quote]Chickerell Town, West Dorset as also are all of the Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth Police Station. Weymouth Land Reg, Wessex Stadium etc Douglas Mc

2:59pm Fri 21 Feb 14

popsiebabes says...

This can only be a good thing for Chickerell and as we live closest to the proposed site , we welcome it with open arms.
This can only be a good thing for Chickerell and as we live closest to the proposed site , we welcome it with open arms. popsiebabes

3:43pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Bollard says...

This is a great idea, there's no way I want to battle into Asda just to get a few bits on the way home from work and all of the other small shops have no or limited parking.
This is a great idea, there's no way I want to battle into Asda just to get a few bits on the way home from work and all of the other small shops have no or limited parking. Bollard

8:59pm Fri 21 Feb 14

melcombe boy says...

Douglas Mc wrote:
bollywood wrote:
So is it in Chickerell or Weymouth?
Chickerell Town, West Dorset as also are all of the Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth Police Station. Weymouth Land Reg, Wessex Stadium etc
Your attitude is silly. Following are a few Weymouth things that fall in the town of Chickerell.
Budmouth school, most of the towns industrial land, the football club, the police station, large swathes of housing and even the borough's waste transfer site and works depot all lie in royal Chickerell.
Weymouth outgrew its boundaries decades ago!
Chickerell, Weymouth and Portland is the single largest urban area in West Dorset!
We need to stand together to stop the drain of all local services to Dorchester and not get embroiled in silly local rivalries. It really is time for us masses south of the ridgeway to unite!
[quote][p][bold]Douglas Mc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bollywood[/bold] wrote: So is it in Chickerell or Weymouth?[/p][/quote]Chickerell Town, West Dorset as also are all of the Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth Police Station. Weymouth Land Reg, Wessex Stadium etc[/p][/quote]Your attitude is silly. Following are a few Weymouth things that fall in the town of Chickerell. Budmouth school, most of the towns industrial land, the football club, the police station, large swathes of housing and even the borough's waste transfer site and works depot all lie in royal Chickerell. Weymouth outgrew its boundaries decades ago! Chickerell, Weymouth and Portland is the single largest urban area in West Dorset! We need to stand together to stop the drain of all local services to Dorchester and not get embroiled in silly local rivalries. It really is time for us masses south of the ridgeway to unite! melcombe boy

12:16am Sat 22 Feb 14

melcombe boy says...

Bollard wrote:
This is a great idea, there's no way I want to battle into Asda just to get a few bits on the way home from work and all of the other small shops have no or limited parking.
Umm, what about tesco in Lanehouse, or the convenience stores in Westham and Chickerell. The coop are definitely not the most competitive convenience store on the market. The prices at the coop are more akin to waitrose(tongue slightly in cheek) than your regular londis, tesco or spar. You will all be moaning about the prices of its products next year.
[quote][p][bold]Bollard[/bold] wrote: This is a great idea, there's no way I want to battle into Asda just to get a few bits on the way home from work and all of the other small shops have no or limited parking.[/p][/quote]Umm, what about tesco in Lanehouse, or the convenience stores in Westham and Chickerell. The coop are definitely not the most competitive convenience store on the market. The prices at the coop are more akin to waitrose(tongue slightly in cheek) than your regular londis, tesco or spar. You will all be moaning about the prices of its products next year. melcombe boy

8:42am Sat 22 Feb 14

ksmain says...

Gawd - the usual moaners on here!!!

Well it CREATES POTENTIALLY 20 new jobs and reduces the number of unemployed and that has to be at least something you moaning minnies, .
Gawd - the usual moaners on here!!! Well it CREATES POTENTIALLY 20 new jobs and reduces the number of unemployed and that has to be at least something you moaning minnies, . ksmain

10:33am Sat 22 Feb 14

Wrinklyrod says...

The article states it will be one of the largest Co-operative convenience stores in the UK. With easy access and parking it will do well. Just hope it sticks to a full range of convenience items and not start stocking TVs and clothes.
The article states it will be one of the largest Co-operative convenience stores in the UK. With easy access and parking it will do well. Just hope it sticks to a full range of convenience items and not start stocking TVs and clothes. Wrinklyrod

11:08am Sat 22 Feb 14

Caption Sensible says...

melcombe boy wrote:
Douglas Mc wrote:
bollywood wrote:
So is it in Chickerell or Weymouth?
Chickerell Town, West Dorset as also are all of the Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth Police Station. Weymouth Land Reg, Wessex Stadium etc
Your attitude is silly. Following are a few Weymouth things that fall in the town of Chickerell.
Budmouth school, most of the towns industrial land, the football club, the police station, large swathes of housing and even the borough's waste transfer site and works depot all lie in royal Chickerell.
Weymouth outgrew its boundaries decades ago!
Chickerell, Weymouth and Portland is the single largest urban area in West Dorset!
We need to stand together to stop the drain of all local services to Dorchester and not get embroiled in silly local rivalries. It really is time for us masses south of the ridgeway to unite!
I quite agree.

Why have the boundaries not been extended? 1935 I believe, is the last time they were extended. This is when Preston. Broadwey and Upwey formally became part of the Borough. Surely Chickerell should do the same?

And if the area spoke with one voice it may stop Dorchester hogging all the local services.

Weymouth (and its environs) should have its own, fully functioning hospital, just for starters...
[quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Douglas Mc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bollywood[/bold] wrote: So is it in Chickerell or Weymouth?[/p][/quote]Chickerell Town, West Dorset as also are all of the Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth Police Station. Weymouth Land Reg, Wessex Stadium etc[/p][/quote]Your attitude is silly. Following are a few Weymouth things that fall in the town of Chickerell. Budmouth school, most of the towns industrial land, the football club, the police station, large swathes of housing and even the borough's waste transfer site and works depot all lie in royal Chickerell. Weymouth outgrew its boundaries decades ago! Chickerell, Weymouth and Portland is the single largest urban area in West Dorset! We need to stand together to stop the drain of all local services to Dorchester and not get embroiled in silly local rivalries. It really is time for us masses south of the ridgeway to unite![/p][/quote]I quite agree. Why have the boundaries not been extended? 1935 I believe, is the last time they were extended. This is when Preston. Broadwey and Upwey formally became part of the Borough. Surely Chickerell should do the same? And if the area spoke with one voice it may stop Dorchester hogging all the local services. Weymouth (and its environs) should have its own, fully functioning hospital, just for starters... Caption Sensible

10:16pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

ksmain wrote:
Gawd - the usual moaners on here!!!

Well it CREATES POTENTIALLY 20 new jobs and reduces the number of unemployed and that has to be at least something you moaning minnies, .
Other than the ridiculous supermarket war that appears to be going on - this isn't really a story. It might provide a few jobs for retirees or eighteen year olds but it's not going to get the manager or the local Barclays putting an order in for his new jag is it, let's be honest.
[quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: Gawd - the usual moaners on here!!! Well it CREATES POTENTIALLY 20 new jobs and reduces the number of unemployed and that has to be at least something you moaning minnies, .[/p][/quote]Other than the ridiculous supermarket war that appears to be going on - this isn't really a story. It might provide a few jobs for retirees or eighteen year olds but it's not going to get the manager or the local Barclays putting an order in for his new jag is it, let's be honest. Parkstreetshufle

12:13pm Mon 24 Feb 14

jjlad2 says...

Parkstreetshufle wrote:
ksmain wrote: Gawd - the usual moaners on here!!! Well it CREATES POTENTIALLY 20 new jobs and reduces the number of unemployed and that has to be at least something you moaning minnies, .
Other than the ridiculous supermarket war that appears to be going on - this isn't really a story. It might provide a few jobs for retirees or eighteen year olds but it's not going to get the manager or the local Barclays putting an order in for his new jag is it, let's be honest.
Strange, i thought this was a story, it is something that is happening in the area, it will create much needed jobs for someone, no matter what age. This is Weymouth not London, what should the Echo report on?
[quote][p][bold]Parkstreetshufle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: Gawd - the usual moaners on here!!! Well it CREATES POTENTIALLY 20 new jobs and reduces the number of unemployed and that has to be at least something you moaning minnies, .[/p][/quote]Other than the ridiculous supermarket war that appears to be going on - this isn't really a story. It might provide a few jobs for retirees or eighteen year olds but it's not going to get the manager or the local Barclays putting an order in for his new jag is it, let's be honest.[/p][/quote]Strange, i thought this was a story, it is something that is happening in the area, it will create much needed jobs for someone, no matter what age. This is Weymouth not London, what should the Echo report on? jjlad2

8:49pm Mon 24 Feb 14

JamesYoung says...

Caption Sensible wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
Douglas Mc wrote:
bollywood wrote:
So is it in Chickerell or Weymouth?
Chickerell Town, West Dorset as also are all of the Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth Police Station. Weymouth Land Reg, Wessex Stadium etc
Your attitude is silly. Following are a few Weymouth things that fall in the town of Chickerell.
Budmouth school, most of the towns industrial land, the football club, the police station, large swathes of housing and even the borough's waste transfer site and works depot all lie in royal Chickerell.
Weymouth outgrew its boundaries decades ago!
Chickerell, Weymouth and Portland is the single largest urban area in West Dorset!
We need to stand together to stop the drain of all local services to Dorchester and not get embroiled in silly local rivalries. It really is time for us masses south of the ridgeway to unite!
I quite agree.

Why have the boundaries not been extended? 1935 I believe, is the last time they were extended. This is when Preston. Broadwey and Upwey formally became part of the Borough. Surely Chickerell should do the same?

And if the area spoke with one voice it may stop Dorchester hogging all the local services.

Weymouth (and its environs) should have its own, fully functioning hospital, just for starters...
I'm sure every town in the west country would like its own hospital.
The problem comes when somebody has to pay for it.
[quote][p][bold]Caption Sensible[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Douglas Mc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bollywood[/bold] wrote: So is it in Chickerell or Weymouth?[/p][/quote]Chickerell Town, West Dorset as also are all of the Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth Police Station. Weymouth Land Reg, Wessex Stadium etc[/p][/quote]Your attitude is silly. Following are a few Weymouth things that fall in the town of Chickerell. Budmouth school, most of the towns industrial land, the football club, the police station, large swathes of housing and even the borough's waste transfer site and works depot all lie in royal Chickerell. Weymouth outgrew its boundaries decades ago! Chickerell, Weymouth and Portland is the single largest urban area in West Dorset! We need to stand together to stop the drain of all local services to Dorchester and not get embroiled in silly local rivalries. It really is time for us masses south of the ridgeway to unite![/p][/quote]I quite agree. Why have the boundaries not been extended? 1935 I believe, is the last time they were extended. This is when Preston. Broadwey and Upwey formally became part of the Borough. Surely Chickerell should do the same? And if the area spoke with one voice it may stop Dorchester hogging all the local services. Weymouth (and its environs) should have its own, fully functioning hospital, just for starters...[/p][/quote]I'm sure every town in the west country would like its own hospital. The problem comes when somebody has to pay for it. JamesYoung

9:18pm Mon 24 Feb 14

cosmick says...

jjlad2 wrote:
Parkstreetshufle wrote:
ksmain wrote: Gawd - the usual moaners on here!!! Well it CREATES POTENTIALLY 20 new jobs and reduces the number of unemployed and that has to be at least something you moaning minnies, .
Other than the ridiculous supermarket war that appears to be going on - this isn't really a story. It might provide a few jobs for retirees or eighteen year olds but it's not going to get the manager or the local Barclays putting an order in for his new jag is it, let's be honest.
Strange, i thought this was a story, it is something that is happening in the area, it will create much needed jobs for someone, no matter what age. This is Weymouth not London, what should the Echo report on?
They could report that UKIP has opened a shop in DORCHESTER thats good news.
[quote][p][bold]jjlad2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Parkstreetshufle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: Gawd - the usual moaners on here!!! Well it CREATES POTENTIALLY 20 new jobs and reduces the number of unemployed and that has to be at least something you moaning minnies, .[/p][/quote]Other than the ridiculous supermarket war that appears to be going on - this isn't really a story. It might provide a few jobs for retirees or eighteen year olds but it's not going to get the manager or the local Barclays putting an order in for his new jag is it, let's be honest.[/p][/quote]Strange, i thought this was a story, it is something that is happening in the area, it will create much needed jobs for someone, no matter what age. This is Weymouth not London, what should the Echo report on?[/p][/quote]They could report that UKIP has opened a shop in DORCHESTER thats good news. cosmick

11:54pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

jjlad2 wrote:
Parkstreetshufle wrote:
ksmain wrote: Gawd - the usual moaners on here!!! Well it CREATES POTENTIALLY 20 new jobs and reduces the number of unemployed and that has to be at least something you moaning minnies, .
Other than the ridiculous supermarket war that appears to be going on - this isn't really a story. It might provide a few jobs for retirees or eighteen year olds but it's not going to get the manager or the local Barclays putting an order in for his new jag is it, let's be honest.
Strange, i thought this was a story, it is something that is happening in the area, it will create much needed jobs for someone, no matter what age. This is Weymouth not London, what should the Echo report on?
A job is a position that can pay for a mortgage or support a family. 15 hrs a week on ten pence above minimum wage is not a job.
As Chris Rock said, minimum wage is an awful insult, it's like saying "if I could pay you any less I would".
Their alleged pay £5.65 per hour gives a weekly wage of £84. Average rent - let's say £100 a week, electric & gas £25 per week, food let's say £30.
It's not really offering anyone any hope of a life. It's not going to improve the area in some significant way unless you happen to live in chickerell and need a cheap bag of salad.
It was obviously a quiet news day.
[quote][p][bold]jjlad2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Parkstreetshufle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: Gawd - the usual moaners on here!!! Well it CREATES POTENTIALLY 20 new jobs and reduces the number of unemployed and that has to be at least something you moaning minnies, .[/p][/quote]Other than the ridiculous supermarket war that appears to be going on - this isn't really a story. It might provide a few jobs for retirees or eighteen year olds but it's not going to get the manager or the local Barclays putting an order in for his new jag is it, let's be honest.[/p][/quote]Strange, i thought this was a story, it is something that is happening in the area, it will create much needed jobs for someone, no matter what age. This is Weymouth not London, what should the Echo report on?[/p][/quote]A job is a position that can pay for a mortgage or support a family. 15 hrs a week on ten pence above minimum wage is not a job. As Chris Rock said, minimum wage is an awful insult, it's like saying "if I could pay you any less I would". Their alleged pay £5.65 per hour gives a weekly wage of £84. Average rent - let's say £100 a week, electric & gas £25 per week, food let's say £30. It's not really offering anyone any hope of a life. It's not going to improve the area in some significant way unless you happen to live in chickerell and need a cheap bag of salad. It was obviously a quiet news day. Parkstreetshufle

12:05am Tue 25 Feb 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

cosmick wrote:
jjlad2 wrote:
Parkstreetshufle wrote:
ksmain wrote: Gawd - the usual moaners on here!!! Well it CREATES POTENTIALLY 20 new jobs and reduces the number of unemployed and that has to be at least something you moaning minnies, .
Other than the ridiculous supermarket war that appears to be going on - this isn't really a story. It might provide a few jobs for retirees or eighteen year olds but it's not going to get the manager or the local Barclays putting an order in for his new jag is it, let's be honest.
Strange, i thought this was a story, it is something that is happening in the area, it will create much needed jobs for someone, no matter what age. This is Weymouth not London, what should the Echo report on?
They could report that UKIP has opened a shop in DORCHESTER thats good news.
Only if your selling jackboots and nazi memorabilia.
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jjlad2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Parkstreetshufle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: Gawd - the usual moaners on here!!! Well it CREATES POTENTIALLY 20 new jobs and reduces the number of unemployed and that has to be at least something you moaning minnies, .[/p][/quote]Other than the ridiculous supermarket war that appears to be going on - this isn't really a story. It might provide a few jobs for retirees or eighteen year olds but it's not going to get the manager or the local Barclays putting an order in for his new jag is it, let's be honest.[/p][/quote]Strange, i thought this was a story, it is something that is happening in the area, it will create much needed jobs for someone, no matter what age. This is Weymouth not London, what should the Echo report on?[/p][/quote]They could report that UKIP has opened a shop in DORCHESTER thats good news.[/p][/quote]Only if your selling jackboots and nazi memorabilia. Parkstreetshufle

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