Huge queues for opening of new Morrisons

Swindon Advertiser: The new Morrisons store in Eldene The new Morrisons store in Eldene

QUEUES stretched around the new Morrisons store in Eldene today as customers jostled to be the first through the doors.

The company has been working on the £15m superstore since September, and residents were on site from 9am to see it open.

Lyn Marshall, who lives in Eldene and works at the Liden library in Barrington Close, said: “People have been waiting a long time for a superstore on this side. Otherwise there is only the Co-op or we have to go to Sainsbury’s in Stratton.

“I think it will be very popular.”

The store has provided jobs for more than 220 people from the local area, 114 of whom were previously unemployed.

Former Swindon Town player Fraser Digby opened the new 25,000sq ft supermarket with MP for South Swindon, Robert Buckland.

The new Morrisons store is also a Craft Skills Academy, meaning many of its staff are trained in traditional skills including butchery, fishmongery, bakery and flower arranging.

Shoppers can see skilled staff working hard, with bakers kneading dough and butchers making fresh sausages on the counter.

Staff will also advise customers, offer cooking tips, suggest food combinations and suitable wine accompaniments.

Paul Raine, the store’s general manager, who worked at the Morrisons in Haydon Wick for a number of years, said: “The opening was fantastic. I was a bit surprised how many people came.

“I think many of the customers will be pleased about the cafe, since customers were always asking for one when I was working in Haydon Wick.

“Some of the staff have come over from the store but many others were recruited from the local area.

“The team has worked hard to train as specialists in areas such as wine, butchery and bakery and the fresh market concept means that many products are created by these specialists in-store each morning.”

In December 2012 Swindon Council gave planning permission for the supermarket, which also has 250 car parking spaces for customers, to be built on the former site of Dorcan House.

Customers can choose from at least 140 different cuts of meat in the butchery, 80 cheeses from around the world in the deli and up to 48 varieties of fresh baked goods from the bakery.

Coun Derique Montaut (Lab, Liden, Eldene and Park South) said: “I think it’s a shining example of a wonderful superstore.

“When people spend money they want to have a good experience doing it, and I think this new store does that. My only concern is how are the Co-op and Morrisons going to operate being right back to back.”

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2:04pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

The co-op is clearly going to shut. I hope their staff were employed at Morrisons. This could have been agreed when the shop was planned between the council and Morrisons. Was it?
Customers won't care as they've been crying out for the new store
The co-op is clearly going to shut. I hope their staff were employed at Morrisons. This could have been agreed when the shop was planned between the council and Morrisons. Was it? Customers won't care as they've been crying out for the new store Davey Gravey

2:38pm Mon 3 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Great news for the area, for employment and real evidence of the council doing the necessary to facilitate progress.

If Co-Op offer decent produce and good service at a competitive price then they have nothing to fear.

Even Moaner Montaut appears to support the council's decision to grant planning permission and bring Morrisons to Eldene.
Great news for the area, for employment and real evidence of the council doing the necessary to facilitate progress. If Co-Op offer decent produce and good service at a competitive price then they have nothing to fear. Even Moaner Montaut appears to support the council's decision to grant planning permission and bring Morrisons to Eldene. ChannelX

2:53pm Mon 3 Feb 14

benzss says...

ChannelX wrote:
Great news for the area, for employment and real evidence of the council doing the necessary to facilitate progress.

If Co-Op offer decent produce and good service at a competitive price then they have nothing to fear.

Even Moaner Montaut appears to support the council's decision to grant planning permission and bring Morrisons to Eldene.
Unfortunately the Co-op does none of those things... at least, the one in Old Town is just awful.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Great news for the area, for employment and real evidence of the council doing the necessary to facilitate progress. If Co-Op offer decent produce and good service at a competitive price then they have nothing to fear. Even Moaner Montaut appears to support the council's decision to grant planning permission and bring Morrisons to Eldene.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the Co-op does none of those things... at least, the one in Old Town is just awful. benzss

2:58pm Mon 3 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

That was kind of my point.

Pointless clinging on to stores such as Co-Op that can't get the basics right. It does nobody any good.
That was kind of my point. Pointless clinging on to stores such as Co-Op that can't get the basics right. It does nobody any good. ChannelX

4:06pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

Thumb fiddling
Thumb fiddling Davey Gravey

6:51pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Wildwestener says...

ChannelX wrote:
That was kind of my point.

Pointless clinging on to stores such as Co-Op that can't get the basics right. It does nobody any good.
The Coop in Peatmoor is great.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: That was kind of my point. Pointless clinging on to stores such as Co-Op that can't get the basics right. It does nobody any good.[/p][/quote]The Coop in Peatmoor is great. Wildwestener

7:57pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Mango man says...

Co-op is for poor people, end of
Co-op is for poor people, end of Mango man

8:06pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Dick-Turpin says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
The co-op is clearly going to shut. I hope their staff were employed at Morrisons. This could have been agreed when the shop was planned between the council and Morrisons. Was it?
Customers won't care as they've been crying out for the new store
It would appear that not all the staff at at Co-op have been offered jobs, some didn't even have the dignity of a reply following their application. And no I do not work at either shop but do talk to the staff as they have built up good relations with the locals.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: The co-op is clearly going to shut. I hope their staff were employed at Morrisons. This could have been agreed when the shop was planned between the council and Morrisons. Was it? Customers won't care as they've been crying out for the new store[/p][/quote]It would appear that not all the staff at at Co-op have been offered jobs, some didn't even have the dignity of a reply following their application. And no I do not work at either shop but do talk to the staff as they have built up good relations with the locals. Dick-Turpin

8:23pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other.
That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other. Davey Gravey

9:57pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Make progress says...

Co op in eldene is & has been a dirty grey little dump since I was a kid & I am nearly 40 they had there chance & did nothing that's what happens if just take & don't invest
Co op in eldene is & has been a dirty grey little dump since I was a kid & I am nearly 40 they had there chance & did nothing that's what happens if just take & don't invest Make progress

7:05am Tue 4 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

Mango man wrote:
Co-op is for poor people, end of
So where do you shop then?
[quote][p][bold]Mango man[/bold] wrote: Co-op is for poor people, end of[/p][/quote]So where do you shop then? house on the hill

7:08am Tue 4 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other.
dont think business works like that and surely it should be the best people for the job no matter what rather than all these special deals or circumstances, as a boss would you want to be told who you had to employ? we need more freedoms on employment not less.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other.[/p][/quote]dont think business works like that and surely it should be the best people for the job no matter what rather than all these special deals or circumstances, as a boss would you want to be told who you had to employ? we need more freedoms on employment not less. house on the hill

8:02am Tue 4 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other.
Is it not possible for Co-Op workers to secure work anywhere other than the new supermarket next door to the one they used to work at?

They have known about Morrisons arriving for many months now, surely they've not just waited around hoping they'd get a job there?
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other.[/p][/quote]Is it not possible for Co-Op workers to secure work anywhere other than the new supermarket next door to the one they used to work at? They have known about Morrisons arriving for many months now, surely they've not just waited around hoping they'd get a job there? ChannelX

9:38am Tue 4 Feb 14

benzss says...

Mango man wrote:
Co-op is for poor people, end of
Is it? At the prices they charge, they must be missing their target market then..
[quote][p][bold]Mango man[/bold] wrote: Co-op is for poor people, end of[/p][/quote]Is it? At the prices they charge, they must be missing their target market then.. benzss

9:39am Tue 4 Feb 14

benzss says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other.
I'm pretty sure that kind of thing isn't allowed anyway
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other.[/p][/quote]I'm pretty sure that kind of thing isn't allowed anyway benzss

9:49am Tue 4 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

benzss wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other.
I'm pretty sure that kind of thing isn't allowed anyway
I'm starting to think Davey would feel much happier emigrating... Cuba seems a good fit.
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other.[/p][/quote]I'm pretty sure that kind of thing isn't allowed anyway[/p][/quote]I'm starting to think Davey would feel much happier emigrating... Cuba seems a good fit. ChannelX

10:10am Tue 4 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

ChannelX wrote:
benzss wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other.
I'm pretty sure that kind of thing isn't allowed anyway
I'm starting to think Davey would feel much happier emigrating... Cuba seems a good fit.
Thumb fiddling fanatical Tory troll
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other.[/p][/quote]I'm pretty sure that kind of thing isn't allowed anyway[/p][/quote]I'm starting to think Davey would feel much happier emigrating... Cuba seems a good fit.[/p][/quote]Thumb fiddling fanatical Tory troll Davey Gravey

11:00am Tue 4 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
benzss wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other.
I'm pretty sure that kind of thing isn't allowed anyway
I'm starting to think Davey would feel much happier emigrating... Cuba seems a good fit.
Thumb fiddling fanatical Tory troll
Calm down dear.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: That is a shame. The council should have negotiated with Morrisons to guarantee jobs for the co-op workers. They will now be out of work whilst pathetic councillors used this development to try and score points against each other.[/p][/quote]I'm pretty sure that kind of thing isn't allowed anyway[/p][/quote]I'm starting to think Davey would feel much happier emigrating... Cuba seems a good fit.[/p][/quote]Thumb fiddling fanatical Tory troll[/p][/quote]Calm down dear. ChannelX

9:16pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The Jockster says...

benzss wrote:
Mango man wrote:
Co-op is for poor people, end of
Is it? At the prices they charge, they must be missing their target market then..
You're not wrong there!
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mango man[/bold] wrote: Co-op is for poor people, end of[/p][/quote]Is it? At the prices they charge, they must be missing their target market then..[/p][/quote]You're not wrong there! The Jockster

9:18pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The Jockster says...

Diggers must've have got £500 quids worth of vouchers for Tracy to do a big shop!
Diggers must've have got £500 quids worth of vouchers for Tracy to do a big shop! The Jockster

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