Superstore plans are approved

JOBS IN STORE: An artist’s impression of the new Sainsbury’s at Weymouth Gateway site

JOBS IN STORE: An artist’s impression of the new Sainsbury’s at Weymouth Gateway site

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THESE computer-generated images show how Weymouth’s newest supermarket will look.

The Sainsbury’s store will be going up in the next few months at the £60million Weymouth Gateway site, creating hundreds of new jobs.

The 7,170 sq m store, petrol station and 519-space car park will be built on land currently occupied by New Look’s offices, distribution centre and warehouse. At 11 metres high, the supermarket will not be as tall as the distribution centre.

The store, sited just across the railway from Morrisons, but which bosses say will increase customer choice in the area, will include sustainable features to reduce its carbon footprint including a biomass boiler to generate heat. A planting scheme is also planned.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council approved the Gateway masterplan last year and the job of the planning and traffic committee this week was to approve the details of the supermarket application, which it did unanimously.

Planning consultant Simon Metcalf told councillors the ‘attractive’ store would be an ‘integral’ part of the Gateway and said the company was keen to get building.

Mr Metcalf added: “We’re delighted to bring forward a foodstore at Weymouth Gateway which will contribute significantly to the economic success of the town.

“The detailed design has been the subject of helpful pre-application discussion and the resulting design is considered to be of a high quality and be in keeping with the character and style of development emerging on the Gateway site.”

The store would create up to 400 jobs, both full and part-time covering a range of skill levels from staff on the shop floor to managerial positions.

Sainsbury’s is one element of the 35-acre Weymouth Gateway site which is taking shape.

Staff at New Look will receive the keys to their new three-storey head office in Mercery Road at the end of this month and will move in over the next few weeks.

Budget hotel chain Premier Inn is opening a 60-bedroom hotel and a Beefeater Grill at the site. This will create 65 jobs and is expected to open in February.

Approximately 180,000sq ft of office, light industrial and warehouse units is being developed in phases.

In all, around 1,000 jobs will be created at the Weymouth Gateway over the next two years.

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5:15pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Wrinklyrod says...

Wow 1,000 shelf stacking jobs. Enough to wipe out the towns unemployment figures. The Job Centre to become another Charity shop?? Hundreds of feckless workshy wasters quaking in their beds at the thought of having to get up before noon??
Wow 1,000 shelf stacking jobs. Enough to wipe out the towns unemployment figures. The Job Centre to become another Charity shop?? Hundreds of feckless workshy wasters quaking in their beds at the thought of having to get up before noon?? Wrinklyrod
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8:43pm Fri 19 Oct 12

weymouthfox says...

The arrival of Tesco at Portland demonstrated what a low level of part time jobs were created, some for only a few weeks. I am not convinced the trade generated by a new Sainsburys will not be balanced by a lessening of trade at Morrisons and other supermarkets. So they will lose low paid jobs who may be taken on by Sainsburys. After all the native population only has so much money to spend on groceries, the arrival of a new supermarket does not mean we suddenly spend double.
The arrival of Tesco at Portland demonstrated what a low level of part time jobs were created, some for only a few weeks. I am not convinced the trade generated by a new Sainsburys will not be balanced by a lessening of trade at Morrisons and other supermarkets. So they will lose low paid jobs who may be taken on by Sainsburys. After all the native population only has so much money to spend on groceries, the arrival of a new supermarket does not mean we suddenly spend double. weymouthfox
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8:54am Sat 20 Oct 12

Top Gear says...

Great News.
Great News. Top Gear
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7:05pm Sat 20 Oct 12

Amicus says...

Should shake up Morrison's a bit, maybe reduce the queue lengths
Should shake up Morrison's a bit, maybe reduce the queue lengths Amicus
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2:11pm Mon 22 Oct 12

PortlandYoof says...

Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT.

Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types).

Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this.
Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT. Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types). Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this. PortlandYoof
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2:35pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Trackerman says...

PortlandYoof wrote:
Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT.

Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types).

Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this.
How about "CHOICE" and "COMPETITION" for starters.
[quote][p][bold]PortlandYoof[/bold] wrote: Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT. Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types). Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this.[/p][/quote]How about "CHOICE" and "COMPETITION" for starters. Trackerman
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3:20pm Mon 22 Oct 12

mark@greenhill says...

Possibly the biggest attraction, would be shoppers from Dorchester?

After all, it's easy to get to the morrisons roundabout, & with Tesco as the only competition over the hill, this must be a huge draw.

All good news for Weymouth.
Possibly the biggest attraction, would be shoppers from Dorchester? After all, it's easy to get to the morrisons roundabout, & with Tesco as the only competition over the hill, this must be a huge draw. All good news for Weymouth. mark@greenhill
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5:04pm Mon 22 Oct 12

thetiger says...

With more and more people doing their shop 'online', why another supermarket?

Won't create more jobs as the additional supermarket will be taking a share of existing stores, hence existing stores will need less staff.

Overall the total number of people employed by all the supermarkets will remain the same.
With more and more people doing their shop 'online', why another supermarket? Won't create more jobs as the additional supermarket will be taking a share of existing stores, hence existing stores will need less staff. Overall the total number of people employed by all the supermarkets will remain the same. thetiger
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10:34am Tue 23 Oct 12

DucksQuack says...

TheTiger...where do you think the food comes from when you shop online? A modern supermarket is little more than a warehouse. You can visit to pickup your shopping, or you can buy online and it will be picked for you.

If everyone shops online the only difference will be that the front door is closed.

Competition and choice are always a good thing.
TheTiger...where do you think the food comes from when you shop online? A modern supermarket is little more than a warehouse. You can visit to pickup your shopping, or you can buy online and it will be picked for you. If everyone shops online the only difference will be that the front door is closed. Competition and choice are always a good thing. DucksQuack
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12:57pm Tue 23 Oct 12

PortlandYoof says...

Trackerman wrote:
PortlandYoof wrote:
Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT.

Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types).

Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this.
How about "CHOICE" and "COMPETITION" for starters.
How about "CHOICE" and "COMPETITION" for starters.


Why not try adding 'MARKET SATURATION' to your list. I can buy the 'competition' article, but CHOICE? Please - What do they sell that Morrisons doesn't already sell?

And also, FWIW, Tesco deliveries to Weymouth/Portland/Do
rchester come from Poole, not any of our local stores. I have no idea why, they just do! (Bizarre, I know..)
[quote][p][bold]Trackerman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PortlandYoof[/bold] wrote: Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT. Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types). Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this.[/p][/quote]How about "CHOICE" and "COMPETITION" for starters.[/p][/quote][quote] How about "CHOICE" and "COMPETITION" for starters. [/quote] Why not try adding 'MARKET SATURATION' to your list. I can buy the 'competition' article, but CHOICE? Please - What do they sell that Morrisons doesn't already sell? And also, FWIW, Tesco deliveries to Weymouth/Portland/Do rchester come from Poole, not any of our local stores. I have no idea why, they just do! (Bizarre, I know..) PortlandYoof
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6:28pm Tue 23 Oct 12

monkeydog says...

PortlandYoof wrote:
Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT.

Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types).

Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this.
The words 'Asda' and 'upmarket' cannot be used in the same sentence.
[quote][p][bold]PortlandYoof[/bold] wrote: Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT. Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types). Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this.[/p][/quote]The words 'Asda' and 'upmarket' cannot be used in the same sentence. monkeydog
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8:38pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Is it me or is everything rubbish? says...

monkeydog wrote:
PortlandYoof wrote:
Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT.

Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types).

Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this.
The words 'Asda' and 'upmarket' cannot be used in the same sentence.
They can actually- works best if you live in the North of England:

"I am going up'market to sell those DVDs what I nicked from Asda"

See- "upmarket" and "Asda" in the same sentence.

You're welcome.
[quote][p][bold]monkeydog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PortlandYoof[/bold] wrote: Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT. Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types). Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this.[/p][/quote]The words 'Asda' and 'upmarket' cannot be used in the same sentence.[/p][/quote]They can actually- works best if you live in the North of England: "I am going up'market to sell those DVDs what I nicked from Asda" See- "upmarket" and "Asda" in the same sentence. You're welcome. Is it me or is everything rubbish?
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4:23am Wed 24 Oct 12

englishnproud89 says...

Why is everyone moaning about this? So what if it's within close proximity to another supermarket, i don't see people complaining about how close pubs are together or charity shops, get a grip, this is good news for Weymouth! It's about time employment was created for this town whether it be another supermarket or not! There's alot of towns out there not getting companies to open up new stores or expand. People should stop moaning about it!
Why is everyone moaning about this? So what if it's within close proximity to another supermarket, i don't see people complaining about how close pubs are together or charity shops, get a grip, this is good news for Weymouth! It's about time employment was created for this town whether it be another supermarket or not! There's alot of towns out there not getting companies to open up new stores or expand. People should stop moaning about it! englishnproud89
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8:54am Wed 24 Oct 12

thetiger says...

DucksQuack wrote:
TheTiger...where do you think the food comes from when you shop online? A modern supermarket is little more than a warehouse. You can visit to pickup your shopping, or you can buy online and it will be picked for you.

If everyone shops online the only difference will be that the front door is closed.

Competition and choice are always a good thing.
The order you place online does not come off the shelves of your local supermarket. It comes from a dedicated distribution depot.
[quote][p][bold]DucksQuack[/bold] wrote: TheTiger...where do you think the food comes from when you shop online? A modern supermarket is little more than a warehouse. You can visit to pickup your shopping, or you can buy online and it will be picked for you. If everyone shops online the only difference will be that the front door is closed. Competition and choice are always a good thing.[/p][/quote]The order you place online does not come off the shelves of your local supermarket. It comes from a dedicated distribution depot. thetiger
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11:14am Wed 24 Oct 12

Trackerman says...

PortlandYoof wrote:
Trackerman wrote:
PortlandYoof wrote:
Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT.

Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types).

Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this.
How about "CHOICE" and "COMPETITION" for starters.
How about "CHOICE" and "COMPETITION" for starters.


Why not try adding 'MARKET SATURATION' to your list. I can buy the 'competition' article, but CHOICE? Please - What do they sell that Morrisons doesn't already sell?

And also, FWIW, Tesco deliveries to Weymouth/Portland/Do

rchester come from Poole, not any of our local stores. I have no idea why, they just do! (Bizarre, I know..)
Stay on Portland get your deliveries and ponder why your glass is never more than half full.
[quote][p][bold]PortlandYoof[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trackerman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PortlandYoof[/bold] wrote: Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT. Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types). Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this.[/p][/quote]How about "CHOICE" and "COMPETITION" for starters.[/p][/quote][quote] How about "CHOICE" and "COMPETITION" for starters. [/quote] Why not try adding 'MARKET SATURATION' to your list. I can buy the 'competition' article, but CHOICE? Please - What do they sell that Morrisons doesn't already sell? And also, FWIW, Tesco deliveries to Weymouth/Portland/Do rchester come from Poole, not any of our local stores. I have no idea why, they just do! (Bizarre, I know..)[/p][/quote]Stay on Portland get your deliveries and ponder why your glass is never more than half full. Trackerman
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2:08pm Wed 24 Oct 12

englishnproud89 says...

Actually when you order your shopping online from a supermarket it does actually come from a store!!! I know many people whose Jobs are online shoppers, where they actually pick the product from the shelves! If you do not believe then you should actually check out the jobs sections at sainsbury's, tesco's and asda!
Actually when you order your shopping online from a supermarket it does actually come from a store!!! I know many people whose Jobs are online shoppers, where they actually pick the product from the shelves! If you do not believe then you should actually check out the jobs sections at sainsbury's, tesco's and asda! englishnproud89
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10:22pm Wed 24 Oct 12

annotator1 says...

Sainsbury sell a different range from Morrisons. Sainsbury also embrace the Nectar Points System and another petrol station can only be good news for price wars!
Sainsbury sell a different range from Morrisons. Sainsbury also embrace the Nectar Points System and another petrol station can only be good news for price wars! annotator1
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2:12am Thu 25 Oct 12

simon26r says...

DucksQuack wrote:
TheTiger...where do you think the food comes from when you shop online? A modern supermarket is little more than a warehouse. You can visit to pickup your shopping, or you can buy online and it will be picked for you. If everyone shops online the only difference will be that the front door is closed. Competition and choice are always a good thing.
This rubbish.

Shopen online at asda and it comes from Poole.
Shop online at tesco and it comes from yeovil
Shop online at online and you will go hungry.
Sainsbury also comes from Bournemouth I believe...
[quote][p][bold]DucksQuack[/bold] wrote: TheTiger...where do you think the food comes from when you shop online? A modern supermarket is little more than a warehouse. You can visit to pickup your shopping, or you can buy online and it will be picked for you. If everyone shops online the only difference will be that the front door is closed. Competition and choice are always a good thing.[/p][/quote]This rubbish. Shopen online at asda and it comes from Poole. Shop online at tesco and it comes from yeovil Shop online at online and you will go hungry. Sainsbury also comes from Bournemouth I believe... simon26r
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2:15am Thu 25 Oct 12

simon26r says...

Stupid auto text.

Morissons you will go hungry as they don't do home delivery.
Stupid auto text. Morissons you will go hungry as they don't do home delivery. simon26r
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2:19am Thu 25 Oct 12

simon26r says...

Trackerman wrote:
PortlandYoof wrote: Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT. Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types). Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this.
How about "CHOICE" and "COMPETITION" for starters.
Choice will be the same as any other supermarket. Competition is **** as all supermarkets sell at the same price.. If you pay £1 for beans in asda weymouth you will pay £1 for beans in asda Yeovil Newcastle Cornwall.....
[quote][p][bold]Trackerman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PortlandYoof[/bold] wrote: Complete waste of time. Complete waste of money. Complete waste of EFFORT. Why even bother? Another supermarket within throwing distance of a Morrisons, 2 minute drive from Aldi, (Or ASDA if Aldi isn't up-market enough for you snobby types). Oh and to top it off, another (yes, ANOTHER) petrol station all within a 500metre radius. You've got to be joking, right? What actual benefit will another petrol station bring to this location!?!? I severely doubt anyone can honestly answer this.[/p][/quote]How about "CHOICE" and "COMPETITION" for starters.[/p][/quote]Choice will be the same as any other supermarket. Competition is **** as all supermarkets sell at the same price.. If you pay £1 for beans in asda weymouth you will pay £1 for beans in asda Yeovil Newcastle Cornwall..... simon26r
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2:24am Thu 25 Oct 12

simon26r says...

annotator1 wrote:
Sainsbury sell a different range from Morrisons. Sainsbury also embrace the Nectar Points System and another petrol station can only be good news for price wars!
Do you see any garages having a price war... I don't think so.. They take your money one way or the other and give it back via nectar fuel voucher or money off your next shop.. my shows the price of all food.. See who is ripping who off..
[quote][p][bold]annotator1[/bold] wrote: Sainsbury sell a different range from Morrisons. Sainsbury also embrace the Nectar Points System and another petrol station can only be good news for price wars![/p][/quote]Do you see any garages having a price war... I don't think so.. They take your money one way or the other and give it back via nectar fuel voucher or money off your next shop.. my shows the price of all food.. See who is ripping who off.. simon26r
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10:08am Thu 25 Oct 12

NoSaint says...

I'm all for this new store, I know it will be staffed but mostly ex-Morrisions employee's as they are under huge pressure at the moment as the bosses are not allowed to make any new hires. Moral at the store is at an all time low due to this. The reasoning behind this reduced staffing is that they want to make a safety blanket for when the new store opens they may take a loss in profit for that store and it would reflect badly on the area.
I'm all for this new store, I know it will be staffed but mostly ex-Morrisions employee's as they are under huge pressure at the moment as the bosses are not allowed to make any new hires. Moral at the store is at an all time low due to this. The reasoning behind this reduced staffing is that they want to make a safety blanket for when the new store opens they may take a loss in profit for that store and it would reflect badly on the area. NoSaint
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10:27am Thu 25 Oct 12

DickDastardly says...

I assume all these new jobs are already being advertised in the Warsaw Echo.
I assume all these new jobs are already being advertised in the Warsaw Echo. DickDastardly
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1:54am Fri 26 Oct 12

EtaoinShrdlu says...

Don't Sainsburys offer upmarket foods? Bit much for Dorset Swedebashers I'd say. The staple diet round here seems to be fishnchips, curry and beer.
Don't Sainsburys offer upmarket foods? Bit much for Dorset Swedebashers I'd say. The staple diet round here seems to be fishnchips, curry and beer. EtaoinShrdlu
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