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New owner sought for empty store

Friday January 8 2016

Stairfoot roundabout Stairfoot roundabout

THE SUPERMARKET chain which decided not to proceed with plans to open in a former DIY store at Stairfoot are looking to sell.

Sainsbury's say it is speaking with several businesses interested in the former B& Q store at Stairfoot which closed in September.

Sainbury's had intended to open a supermarket in the building, creating 240 jobs, but the plans were shelved because it said a change in shopping trends made it no longer viable.

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “We are continuing to market the site and are discussing with a number of interested businesses.”

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Reply Posted by mark on Saturday January 9 2016 at 09:47
a change in shopping trends made it no longer viable.? Newspeak... what it means is their skint due to the drop a sales of 17.9% because they cannot compete with the Aldi or Lidl

Reply Posted by Eyup Cock on Wednesday January 20 2016 at 19:18
Believe it or not, that's classed as a change in shopping trends.

Reply Posted by Mick on Saturday January 9 2016 at 10:34
I hope it finds a new owner soon. I would imagine it would do well if split into several smaller units. All of the newer businesses further along Wombwell Lane (Halfords, Screwfix, Subway etc.) seem to be thriving.

Reply Posted by Lola on Saturday January 9 2016 at 13:53
Some people just do not have a scooby doo as to how buisnesses work.

Reply Posted by No clue on Sunday January 10 2016 at 16:58
I don't have a clue how businesses work. Do you? Quick, tell us, so long as it's to do with this article.

Reply Posted by steve on Sunday January 10 2016 at 20:23
the truth is that coming towards the end of the lease of the site B&Q wanted to renew the lease for less money per year than before quoting
" the economic crisis" ,
...after the leased was put on the open market by the owners British Retail Parks.... Sainsburys stepped in and offered the asking price ,which B&Q did not expect ,B&Q played poker with peoples jobs to try to and get a cheaper lease.... lola thats how buisnesses works fu+k people

Reply Posted by SC ROBINSON on Saturday January 9 2016 at 16:17

Reply Posted by Richard on Sunday January 10 2016 at 16:09
Think a B&Q would do well here

Reply Posted by mrs k on Sunday January 10 2016 at 17:05
Do we need more shops in Barnsley or do we need more housing. Let's have the land back and build dome social housing ad well as others, a mini Sainsburys could be the local shop.

Reply Posted by Steven James on Monday January 11 2016 at 09:13
Your beloved BMBC / Labour council says we "need" 19,000 "new houses" by 2032 and will let any tom, dick and harry build houses where they god damn like.

How many of those 19,000 houses will be "social" housing?

One day Da Sheep will wake up in this town!

Why should they build more social housing anyway? If anyone wants one then buy one instead of wanting to live in a tax payer subsidised house!

The site needs jobs as does the town, decent paid jobs too.

Reply Posted by Jeff on Sunday January 10 2016 at 17:09
Thought that there had been planning granted for new houses to be built on the land next to old B &Q far side of car park?

Reply Posted by sarah on Sunday January 10 2016 at 18:28
Perfect for the new 9 screen cinema instead of above the Alhambra and the parking would be free

Reply Posted by Freddie on Tuesday January 12 2016 at 16:00
This isn't happening now. A new cinema is planned for the site of the former Carpetworld/Zero Ice building and Multi-storey market car park.

Reply Posted by Interested on Sunday January 10 2016 at 19:48
The size and space inside would make a great cycling centre. Could have an all weather centre for indoor cycling, mountain bike pump track and skills zone, bmx/skate park, dirt jumps, foam pits, a few climbing walls...the community would benefit immensely from something like that, done well and properly...instead of yet another supermarket or chainstore...

Reply Posted by James on Monday January 11 2016 at 17:31
If you think that is a good idea, go for it. Get your money invested.

Reply Posted by Tom on Monday January 11 2016 at 16:25
Sainsbury's ought to open it as a NETTO, seeing as they have acquired the brand, it would do very well there, and provide much needed choice and cheaper prices.

Reply Posted by Quite Informed on Monday January 11 2016 at 17:05
This site would cost well over a million pounds a year just in rent and business rates, and that is assuming a rental level about half what it was pre 2007. Then there are staff wages, lighting, heating etc before any profit is made. It's going to have to be a really big business that can take that building on as it stands, again, assuming that the landlord is prepared to take a rent much lower than what it previously was.

A bike park is a nice idea, but unfortunately I just can't see it taking enough money to make it viable.

Reply Posted by Davieboy on Thursday January 14 2016 at 14:33
WAB.....why has my comments been removed, when all I did was criticised a rascist comment made by one of your contributors.
You have my email, please reply.!!!

Reply Posted by Sue on Friday January 15 2016 at 16:55
What it will be...i won't be going. Hate that stairfoot roubdabout

Reply Posted by Nigel Sharp on Friday January 15 2016 at 20:43
I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up as a car supermarket. Barnsley misses a B & Q, Corton Wood is too far away.

Reply Posted by Sarah Laycock on Monday January 18 2016 at 13:59
I think it would be nice if it was divided into smaller units and offered to independent sellers. We have too many of the same shops everywhere.