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Sainsbury's Set To Unveil Plans In Public Consultation

Tuesday October 8 2013


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SAINSBURY'S will unveil its plans for a new food store this week. Do you think Barnsley needs a new supermarket? Have your say on our WAB Debate.

The supermarket chain, who are set to take over the B&Q store at Stairfoot, will begin its public consultation on its plans at an open exhibition on October 11 and 12.

It's proposing to convert the DIY store, on Bleachcroft Way at Stairfoot Business Park, creating up to 400 jobs.

The plans will go on display at Ardsley and Stairfoot Community Centre on Doncaster Road, on October 11, from 11am-7pm, and at Ardsley House Hotel on October 12, from 10am-4pm.

At present the building is restricted to the sale of DIY products, but if Barnsley Council agrees to lifting this restriction Sainsbury's would like to turn the building into a 73,500sq ft store which will also have a petrol station, car parking and a cafe.

The plans also include improved pedestrian walkways within the site.

Bruno Moore, Sainsbury's head of town planning, said: "The opportunity to reuse the existing B&Q building to create a new Sainsbury's store is an exciting one for Sainsbury's and the local community.

"This store will bring more choice to the town while creating up to 400 jobs for local people.

"But first, we'd like to know what the community thinks. We'll be holding a public exhibition which everyone is welcome to attend, where they will be able to discuss the proposals with our project team and ask any questions they may have."

B&Q will remain open throughout the planning process, after which its Dearne Valley store at Cortonwood Retail Park will become the company's main outlet in the area. It's not known at what point the store will close.

Grant Anderson, from the DIY retailer, said: "We have been in Barnsley for 32 years and rest assured that throughout the planning process it will be business as usual for our customers.

"With our Dearne Valley store at Cortonwood Retail Park nearby, we believe we're well set to continue to serve our customers in Barnsley after the current store on Bleachcroft Way has closed."

What do you think? Are you in favour? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Ben on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 10:35
Yippee! At last,we'll have a nice supermarket in Barnsley. I usually travel to Sainsburys in Wakefield.

Welcome to Barnsley Sainsburys!

Reply Posted by Kirsty on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:17
So close to Tesco? Yes, a new supermarket is needed, but how about in Dodworth, Silkstone or Hoylandswaine instead? There's absolutely no choice there.

Reply Posted by Erica on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:17
Sainsbury's or Waitrose. We need something with a better class of product. Choice is good!

Reply Posted by Brian on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 15:14
why? half of the people in barnlsey cant afford it. it will double traffic around stairfoot and probably drive the prices up.

Reply Posted by Shaun on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:18
The traffic's a nightmare as it is at that roundabout so it'll only make it worse.

Reply Posted by Jo on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:18
The queues on Wombwell Lane for Tesco already cause problems. Add another supermarket and it will just get worse.

Reply Posted by hmm on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 18:53
I don't think that the traffic will get any worse as the problem with the Tesco queues is the stupid traffic light system that they have holding the traffic up on the road. The entrance to tesco and the other units there should be changed drastically so that anyone entering from the Wombwell side enters near dunelm and anyone from the Stairfoot side enters from the tesco side. Same goes for exiting. That would mean that both sets of lights (yes I'd build lights at dunelm side) could work together at the same time and they'd only have to go through half the sequence that they do now halving the queuing time. To get in to tesco form stairfoot now you have to wait for the lights to let everyone pass along the main road, then wait for them to let everyone enter tesco from wombwell, then you can enter. Under my plans you'd wait for people to travel down the road, then enter cutting out a major stage. Entering from wombwell you'd never have to wait at all.

As for the new Sainsbury's this would be different as the traffic would queue up around the existing entrance road into the store.

In fact if the council were really serious about conjestion they would connect up the two areas, tesco's carpark is only 100 metres from the b&q carpark so a 100 metre road between the two (to the right of Blakemoore's) would connect everything from Dunelm right through to B&Q/sainsburys and would really solve a lot of congestion whilst simultaneously improving passing trade for the other businesses near b&Q)

Reply Posted by Lynne on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:18
I personally think it's a good idea. B&Q is closing, so unless the council give planning permission to Sainsbury's it will lay empty. Competition brings down prices, I therefore think that's a good thing where our weekly food shopping is concerned.

Reply Posted by craig on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 15:17
its really funny that you think competion drives down prices, if anything it pushes them up as all major companies work together to get things higher and higher. foool

Reply Posted by Natalie on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:18
Creating another retailer so close to another. Could have a damaging effect on the staff of Tesco. It's okay saying it creates 400 jobs but you're taking custom from someone else.

Reply Posted by Alistair on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:19
The jobs are the only positive thing. It's bad every day at the roundabout with just traffic to Tesco, if it gets approval the traffic will be even worse and will tail back into Wombwell.

Reply Posted by Gordon on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:19
Why not build it in the town centre so as to breathe some life back into the town itself instead of yet another reason to bypass the heart of the area?

Reply Posted by Tom on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 12:50
Aye, I'll be unlikely to visit it, if it is at Stairfoot. If it was in town however.

Reply Posted by Linda on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:19
I love Sainsbury's so I go to Wakefield. Wakefield's economy then gets my cash. Might make the other stores around here pull their socks up.

Reply Posted by Linda on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 15:18
i doubt they will miss your business linda but why dont you move there then you wont have to bother coming back.

Reply Posted by Andrew on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:19
I'm really pleased they're coming to town. I go to the one in Wakefield or have it delivered. Some of the things are more expensive, but their basic ranges are as good if not better than branded products. Bringing another household supermarket is good for the town and offers a real alternative to Tesco.

Reply Posted by John on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:19
I'm all for it. A quality supermarket, a net increase in jobs. And it's good news for Stairfoot as a thriving retail area. The only downside I see is traffic. Something will have to be done to improve the flow of traffic around the roundabout. If Tesco wants to compete, maybe they'll finally get around to providing the free bus services that some other supermarkets provide!

Reply Posted by Turbodazzler on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:25
As a conservative voter I'm pleased as punch that sainsburys are opening a store at stairfoot.. However a waitrose would have been far better and bring a higher class of clientele to the area

Reply Posted by sid on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:33
Why? Have you got to be a Tory to enjoy the finer things in life. You lardydarsehole.

I'm hoping your post is a wing up to be fair.

Reply Posted by bdub on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 13:26
Sainsburys is the best value supermarket anyway. The basics range of good quality and cheaper than smart price tack at Asda.
Sainsburys really is the best most affordable supermarket.
Usually travel to Wakey - I like it so may still go there.
Would have been better where the Morrisons or Asda are in town. But Sainsburys definitely welcome in Barnsley - About time.

Reply Posted by Craig on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 15:20
thats all well and good but we are a mining town, there is no such thing as higher clientele. i think maybe you are one of those ten bob millionaires.

Reply Posted by Jessica on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:28
I'd rather stick to Tesco and Aldi, thanks.

Reply Posted by Turbodazzler on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:43
Absolutely Sidney .. It's a chore for me to travel to waitrose in sheffield. Stairfoot would have been far more convenient ... And yes I do enjoy the finer things in life

Reply Posted by sidney on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:53
Deary me,how tiresome turbodazzler. I always send my man. I too enjoy the finer things in life,especially the downstairs maids.
Toodlepip.

Lol. Funny post. We should do this again...it lightens the mood on here.

Reply Posted by lee c on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 11:53
if its so much of a chore turbodazzler to travel to Sheffield, and a waitrose would bring a higher class of clientele to the area..............................why dont you do all of us here in barnsley a favour, and politely MOVE to Sheffield. i dont see how you think Sheffield is higher class then barnsley to be honest. at least we use money to buy things with..........not knives and guns.

Reply Posted by lee c on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 12:03
if the supermarket does go ahead, god help barnsley if they have to build a extra road..................old mill lane farce gives me nightmares!!!!!! just make sure you get planning permission first!!!!

Reply Posted by STEVO on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 15:32
I wish folk would stop bitching, whatever your thoughts Sainsburys intend to create up to FOUR HUNDRED JOBS!

Jobs that are desperately needed in this town.

Reply Posted by LEE C on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 15:53
i hope they keep to their word stevo, and create 400 jobs, what asda, morrisons, tesco tend to do is advertise they are going to open a new store which ( like sainsbury ) will create 400+ jobs.....to keep the public sweet.......but they have a habit of transferring staff from the stores they already have!!!!!. what they ought to advertise is yes, we have 400 jobs up for grabs.........for already UNEMPLOYED people.

Reply Posted by STEVO on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 06:57
LEE, General rule of thumb is that some staff will go to the new store from existing stores to train the newbies up and get the site up and running.

Personally I would hope that the existing B&Q staff got first bite of the cherry (not that there's that many B&Q staff left as B&Q went to the scan it yourself checkout thingy to cut staff!) then hopefully the next wave will be made up from the long term unemployed.

Unfortunately, big supo chains have a nasty habit of employing a large majority of part time workers (to save money) I fervently hope this is not the case with this new store.




Reply Posted by Sid on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 16:03
Im thinking Lee C that they may use the transfered staff to help train new staff. It wouldnt work if all the new employyes were fresh from job centre. It may be swings and roundabouts,whilst the employees are being transfered to new stores,it should open up vacnacies for others in thier place. Just a thought,I may be way off mark,but I cant see any other reason.

Reply Posted by TonyP on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 20:36
Waitrose are to take over the B&M store when they move from there existing store at stairfoot to the pc world store near town.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 09:01
If Sainsbury want to do it, and B&Q want to leave, just do it. Perhaps they'll have to improve Stairfoot roundabout problems if they come in, so everyone wins..

Reply Posted by Moi on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 11:36
Yey finally a Sainsburys. Don't have to travel to Wakefield or Leeds for BARGAINS :)) bring it on :))

Reply Posted by john on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 12:40
get a regular discount at sainsbury so well happy & on petrol too

Reply Posted by roy on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 19:38
Got to be a better option than B and Q. It may also reduce traffic coming along Wombwell lane from Barnsley Kendray, Lundwood and Ardsley

Reply Posted by mags on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 19:57
why is everyone concerned about having 2 supermarkets close to each other have they forgotten that Barnsley council agreed to plans to build one opposite morrisons and planning was asked for one opposite asda don't remember all these comments then by the way Sainsbury s is no dearer
than all the rest

Reply Posted by Barnsley lass on Friday October 11 2013 at 20:32
Yey! Another supermarket to drag the last few shoppers away from the town centre. As it creates 400 jobs (up to) it will generate unemployment! Totally disagree we need another supermarket! Wonder how much the councillors are getting I back handers from this one?!

Reply Posted by girlie on Friday October 11 2013 at 21:24
400 jobs are great if they are all FULL time but I very much doubt it most will be part time. Barnsley need FULL time jobs then its people they can get out of the benefits trap where your better off not working!

Reply Posted by TheWomble on Saturday October 12 2013 at 11:32
ANYTHING that brings in EMPLOYMENT to this poor battered town of ours MUST be applauded. We have some people who are not even able to afford the BASICS of life and here we have some "nanny-state, enviromental tree huggers" objecting to it. Shame on them...

Reply Posted by cunning stunt on Sunday October 13 2013 at 17:51
Good. Sainsburys prices are the same as Tesco, the food is nicer and it's creating jobs for local people. What's the problem?

Good to see people aren't saying this on here, but on the fb page there are comments like "Oooh but who can afford 2 shop der in Barnsleh?" Lots of people is the answer. If you think it's too expensive, don't go there.

Reply Posted by amazeballs on Thursday October 24 2013 at 15:33
The basics range at Sainsbury's is great quality at unbelievably low prices, not like smart price quality but actual good quality produce no different from big brand products. dishcloths, sponges, bin bags, kitchen roll also, basics range covers everything and most stuff is a matter of pence.
Up the Sainsburys!

Reply Posted by jenny on Tuesday November 4 2014 at 13:09
tippee cant wait wont have to trail to wakefield. wooo

Reply Posted by STANLEY on Tuesday February 9 2016 at 11:19
THERE IS NO SAINSBURYS COMING TO STAIRFOOT. THAY HAVE PULLED OUT. INSTEAD OF BUILD A SUPERMARKET BUILD SOME NEW HOUSES, FALTS. ON THE SIT.

Reply Posted by Angela Winter on Wednesday March 23 2016 at 16:38
Yes definately