Supermarket giant to open in landmark

Basildon Recorder: Supermarket giant to open in landmark Supermarket giant to open in landmark

A FORMER camping shop in Shoebury is to be the site of a Morrisons Local store.

The landmark building, on the corner of Ness Road and Campfield Road, was once a cinema and later housed the camping shop, but the dilapidated building was demolished and then rebuilt in the style of the old cinema.

It is now flats, with a retail area on the ground floor.

The new store comes just four months after Sainsbury’s Local opened opposite nearby Hinguar Primary School, in New Garrison Road.

Morrison’s has recently filed an alcohol licence application to Southend Council to ask for permission to sell alcohol, between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. The decision is due on Monday.

There are fears the rise of convenience stores could have an adverse affect on small businesses.

Peter Grubb, of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in Shoebury Common Road, says he is concerned about the impact of another convenience store on Shoebury.

He said: “My principle concern is no one in their right mind would put that level of investment in a shop in that area unless they’d got the nod that 400 homes are being developed in the area.

They must be in the know.

“Another concern of mine is about all the small businesses currently serving people in the local community.

“They’ll get wiped out by the big supermarket just as they have in other areas.”

However, Mike Bowyer, of Dennis the Bakers, on High Street, Shoebury, said he was not concerned about losing any trade.

He said: “We’ve already got two convenience stores and a Sainsbury’s Local within a quarter of amile of us and it’s not really affected us because we offer fresh bread and fresh sandwiches.

“If there was going to be competition for us it would’ve come from Sainsbury’s opening last year, but we had a really good summer, and because Morrisons is a little bit further away I don’t think it will affect us.”

Shoebury councillor, Anne Chalk, said the store could be positive for the area. She added: “I can’t see any problem with it myself.

“I think it will be good competition for Sainsbury’s.

“There aren’t any other general stores along Ness Road at the moment so I can’t see it would affect the shopping there.”

Shoebury councillor Mike Assenheim said he was concerned the store could encourage more people to buy alcohol due to the licensing application.

He said: “I’ve had no comments or objections from residents about the new store.

“My only comment would be on the drinks licence and whether it would encourage more people to drink due to the hours which have been applied for.”

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5:38pm Wed 5 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

That wont be popular amongst the flat dwellers above, Brilll diiiinnnn gggg doonnngg thump
That wont be popular amongst the flat dwellers above, Brilll diiiinnnn gggg doonnngg thump You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
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9:13pm Wed 5 Feb 14

lozenger17 says...

Why do we need another convenience store?! Just taking even more away from small I dependant businesses. First they demolish a listed building which was beautiful and historic to replace with another standard block of flats. The longer alcohol licence will just encourage more kids to drink and cause havoc. What a waste of a shop!
Why do we need another convenience store?! Just taking even more away from small I dependant businesses. First they demolish a listed building which was beautiful and historic to replace with another standard block of flats. The longer alcohol licence will just encourage more kids to drink and cause havoc. What a waste of a shop! lozenger17
  • Score: 2

9:40pm Wed 5 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

lozenger17 wrote:
Why do we need another convenience store?! Just taking even more away from small I dependant businesses. First they demolish a listed building which was beautiful and historic to replace with another standard block of flats. The longer alcohol licence will just encourage more kids to drink and cause havoc. What a waste of a shop!
Give some of the local corner shops and other rip offeries, a run for their money
[quote][p][bold]lozenger17[/bold] wrote: Why do we need another convenience store?! Just taking even more away from small I dependant businesses. First they demolish a listed building which was beautiful and historic to replace with another standard block of flats. The longer alcohol licence will just encourage more kids to drink and cause havoc. What a waste of a shop![/p][/quote]Give some of the local corner shops and other rip offeries, a run for their money You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 5

9:24am Thu 6 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

Look on the bright side (no pun intended) if they turn off the street lights, no one will be buying booze in the dark (apparently)

Morrisons are pants anyway.
Look on the bright side (no pun intended) if they turn off the street lights, no one will be buying booze in the dark (apparently) Morrisons are pants anyway. RochfordRob
  • Score: -1

9:46am Thu 6 Feb 14

297595 says...

I don't know why people think one extra shop is going to encourage more kids to drink. If they want to get alcohol, there's a place to get it within 15mins walk anywhere in Shoebury. This extra shop is not going to make a single bit of difference. It'll probably close down within a year too, as I hear the new Sainsburys isn't doing to great.
I don't know why people think one extra shop is going to encourage more kids to drink. If they want to get alcohol, there's a place to get it within 15mins walk anywhere in Shoebury. This extra shop is not going to make a single bit of difference. It'll probably close down within a year too, as I hear the new Sainsburys isn't doing to great. 297595
  • Score: 3

10:35am Thu 6 Feb 14

onorris24 says...

297595 wrote:
I don't know why people think one extra shop is going to encourage more kids to drink. If they want to get alcohol, there's a place to get it within 15mins walk anywhere in Shoebury. This extra shop is not going to make a single bit of difference. It'll probably close down within a year too, as I hear the new Sainsburys isn't doing to great.
Sainsbury's are very clever, I tell you that now.... :)


they wont close it down, pigs will fly
[quote][p][bold]297595[/bold] wrote: I don't know why people think one extra shop is going to encourage more kids to drink. If they want to get alcohol, there's a place to get it within 15mins walk anywhere in Shoebury. This extra shop is not going to make a single bit of difference. It'll probably close down within a year too, as I hear the new Sainsburys isn't doing to great.[/p][/quote]Sainsbury's are very clever, I tell you that now.... :) they wont close it down, pigs will fly onorris24
  • Score: 2

10:45am Thu 6 Feb 14

j.day313 says...

Stop moaning about a much needed new store. ASDA has had a monopoly for years, the co-op in west road is poorly stocked, what is needed is retailers such as morrisons who offer quality at reasonable prices which so called convenience stores do not provide. As for the sale of alcohol as a previous poster has said if young people want to get hold of they will and indeed do with relative ease. A new store will benefit many as it is"just what it says on the tin" LOCAL and negates the need to travel into town to get what you need.
Stop moaning about a much needed new store. ASDA has had a monopoly for years, the co-op in west road is poorly stocked, what is needed is retailers such as morrisons who offer quality at reasonable prices which so called convenience stores do not provide. As for the sale of alcohol as a previous poster has said if young people want to get hold of they will and indeed do with relative ease. A new store will benefit many as it is"just what it says on the tin" LOCAL and negates the need to travel into town to get what you need. j.day313
  • Score: 9

6:38pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Nelly99 says...

Great news. All competition is of benefit to the consumer and Asda has needed a rival for a long time. Also don't agree with a previous poster who said the building is a standard block of flats. Those are art deco and I think they look brilliant. The old building had character but it was falling down and this way they have kept the feel of the old cinema yet made a modern development. I can't see any negatives here at all.
Great news. All competition is of benefit to the consumer and Asda has needed a rival for a long time. Also don't agree with a previous poster who said the building is a standard block of flats. Those are art deco and I think they look brilliant. The old building had character but it was falling down and this way they have kept the feel of the old cinema yet made a modern development. I can't see any negatives here at all. Nelly99
  • Score: 1

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