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Town Centre Superstore Plans Submitted

Friday March 23 2012

PLANS have been submitted for a supermarket to be developed off Westway that will feature public art on the outbuildings and an atrium cafe.

The development - which will encompass a stretch of land behind Morrisons that includes New Street, Wood Street, Heelis Street and Westway - will feature a two-storey superstore, a petrol filling station, car parking and landscaping.

Red Property Services has submitted the plan on behalf of the Barnsley Retail Partnership. It will feature an atrium that offers views of the town and will have space for artwork on the outside.

The planning report said: "The new atrium entrance to the foodstore creates a focal point for the design. An extensively glazed atrium will create transparency between internal and external spaces and provide views over the town. This links to an over-sailing roof structure and cafe space which create a distinctive frontage and viewpoint as well as creating some cover for the public piazza below."

The developers say the scheme would create around 450 jobs and will be working closely with training providers to try to encourage more people to be skilled in specialist areas by becoming bakers or fishmongers.

The report added: "The proposed foodstore, along with the existing Morrison’s store, will create a strong food anchor to the south of the town centre. This, along with the new market development to the north east of the town centre will help drawn shoppers through the town centre, between the two anchors, thus strengthening Barnsley’s retail core."

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Reply Posted by Coryian on Friday March 23 2012 at 13:31
aldis are building a superstore as well do we really need 3 next to each other

Reply Posted by Bowler279 on Friday March 23 2012 at 16:11
thought it was lidl on other end of westway 

Reply Posted by Bowler279 on Friday March 23 2012 at 16:11
thought it was lidl on other end of westway 

Reply Posted by Jonathan on Friday March 23 2012 at 16:15
So we will have Asda, Morrisons, Lidl and A.N.Other all next to each other? I doubt that such another venture could make money. After all we now have Asda, Morrisons, Lidl, Tesco and 2 (small) Sainsbury's in Barnsley. Why don't we just knock down all the houses in Barnsley and build a giant shopping centre?

Reply Posted by Alanthebutcher on Friday March 23 2012 at 18:45
As If Another Supermarket Will Do The Markets Any Good. "Pile It High And Sell It Cheap" Is Their Motto. Not Sure But I Don't Think That Small Private Retailers Can Afford To Do That, May As Well Knock The Markets Down And Just Build A Supermarket Car Park....

Reply Posted by tigerslink on Friday March 23 2012 at 18:50
It means we'll have a range of supermarkets available - it'll be in their interests to maintain high standards and keen prices, all helping the shopper.  I go to all the big 4 anyway - having them all in Barnsley will be great - if Tesco have this one and Sainsbury's build on the Bingo site next to the railway station we'll have them all close by. 

Add on the Marketplace development which looks to be moving finally Barnsley will be a pretty good shopping destination.  All those millions of pounds Barnsley folk spend elsewhere will come back into the town as well as attracting others.  Let's celebrate and support this - not moan and groan.

Reply Posted by Becky on Monday March 26 2012 at 12:36
One of the two new proposed stores is Tesco and the other is Sainsbury's. I think it's a great idea, not only will it drive down the prices at all the supermarkets but it will also great hundreds of jobs that we are in desperate need of here in Barnsley. Having the supermarkets located around the town centre means people are more likely to go and visit the market and town centre shops rather then say visiting the Tesco at Stairefoot. There is a Lidl going up opposite the job centre and an Aldi going up behind the Chestnut tree at Barugh Green. I think it's about time we were given more choice and I think the change will be good for everyone.

Reply Posted by Chris on Monday March 26 2012 at 14:38
I wouldn't have thought Morrisons will be happy with another big supermarket on their back doorstep. And as for 'drawing people through the town centre' it's going to be a heck of a walk (with shopping bags) from the proposed market development to this new superstore! So I think that particular notion is a bit optimistic. 
And as for 'training' bakers and fishmongers, I've never found a fish expert working on the fish counter at Morrisons, unlike in the fish market where the real fishmongers work. And do the supermarket 'bakers' really do the baking...? Not really. They basically just work to corporate instructions. 
Perhaps a multitude of supermarkets does mean that prices are competitive, but if it means the centre of the town continues to die a death, is such a cost worthwhile...? And small shops and market stalls - staffed by knowledgeable people - can, even in today's supermarket-biased world, still be less expensive & provide better quality than supermarkets.

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