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New store is set to open in village

Swindon Advertiser: The new Morrisons store on the site of the former Three Tuns The new Morrisons store on the site of the former Three Tuns

SUPERMARKET giant Morrisons has confirmed its new store in Wroughton will open at the end of the month, despite residents’ protests.

Plans to build the new Morrisons M Local store, on the site of the former Three Tuns pub, has provoked anxiety among some nearby residents since the company first lodged an interest in the site last summer.

But one resident, Talis Kimberley, is hopeful that the new store will still have a place in the village.

She said: “I believe many people in the village are pleased with how Morrisons have converted the Three Tuns into a shop front. “They have still retained the character of the building which is one thing residents were hoping for.

“I also believe it will be affectionately nicknamed Morri-Tuns, because many people do still think of it as being the Three Tuns pub.

“I hope that they will try to reduce the use of plastic bags and unnecessary receipts and make an example to other local shops.

“I am also pleased to hear that the store aims to engage with the local community and local organisations.”

Earlier this year construction was delayed by three weeks when wind ripped the roof off, tearing away a support and damaging the building.

Coun Brian Ford, (Independent, Wroughton & Wichelstowe), said that although he welcomed the new store, he had concerns about its front door, which faces outward on to the busy Devizes Road.

He said: “It’s a fact of life that supermarkets get built.

“But I do have concerns about the sitings of the doors. I believe they should be sited on to the car park because at the moment the front door is set right into the road.

“I think with the plans to build a Waitrose in Wichelstowe Morrisons has every right to put a store there.

“I did tell Morrisons my concerns about the door going straight into the road but that seems to have been ignored.”

The Morrisons convenience store, which created 20 new jobs for local people, will stock a range of wares in line with its commitment to fresh food.

It will also stock a food-to-go section for on-the-move customers and aims to play an important role in the local community.

Store manager Josh Davies said: “We are delighted to be bringing a Morrisons M local to Wroughton and to be creating 20 new jobs for local people. “Our store will focus on selling fresh food like fruit and veg, meat and fish.

“And as a team, we will work hard to make sure our store is a great addition to the community.”

The supermarket is to open on March 31, when the ribbon will be cut by a local community stalwart.

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7:27am Sat 22 Mar 14

adsinibiza says...

More choice for those of us living in Wroughton has got to be a good thing. The alternative would be an empty vandalised building or a block of over-priced flats
More choice for those of us living in Wroughton has got to be a good thing. The alternative would be an empty vandalised building or a block of over-priced flats adsinibiza
  • Score: 12

9:45am Sat 22 Mar 14

Oik1 says...

Agree with the above, a good use for a derelict building, more competition can only be good for prices.
For the life of me I cant see how the front door can be any kind of issue to be raised, you can certainly see why it was ignored,
"Coun Brian Ford,
But I do have concerns about the sitings of the doors. I believe they should be sited on to the car park because at the moment the front door is set right into the road."

Erm, forgive my tired old eyes but the way I see it the doors open out onto a new tarmac area and then this runs onto the existing public footpath that goes around the building, inbetween the two tarmac areas Morrisons have even put in a barrier that would stop anyone from walking out into the road.
It's far safer now than it ever was when it was a pub when back then the public leaving the property were probably less aware of their surroundings.
Agree with the above, a good use for a derelict building, more competition can only be good for prices. For the life of me I cant see how the front door can be any kind of issue to be raised, you can certainly see why it was ignored, "Coun Brian Ford, But I do have concerns about the sitings of the doors. I believe they should be sited on to the car park because at the moment the front door is set right into the road." Erm, forgive my tired old eyes but the way I see it the doors open out onto a new tarmac area and then this runs onto the existing public footpath that goes around the building, inbetween the two tarmac areas Morrisons have even put in a barrier that would stop anyone from walking out into the road. It's far safer now than it ever was when it was a pub when back then the public leaving the property were probably less aware of their surroundings. Oik1
  • Score: 11

12:34pm Sat 22 Mar 14

villageoldman says...

Better 20 new jobs than a block of flats, Wroughton has over the years lost all it's employment areas to make way for housing. Sadly with Wichelstowe it's becoming a clone of Swindon and not the village it once was.
Better 20 new jobs than a block of flats, Wroughton has over the years lost all it's employment areas to make way for housing. Sadly with Wichelstowe it's becoming a clone of Swindon and not the village it once was. villageoldman
  • Score: 3

5:21pm Sat 22 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

I was hoping they'd turn it into a gay bar or club, as I belief Wroughton shockingly has no gay venues!!!
I was hoping they'd turn it into a gay bar or club, as I belief Wroughton shockingly has no gay venues!!! mrwoo
  • Score: 6

2:37am Sun 23 Mar 14

greenpacer says...

An entertainment type bar is what it should be. Like Swindon the pubs are disappearing being turned into flats. Wroughton does'nt need another supermarket.. All the time I hear of pubs closing. I believe The Crumpled Horn in Eldene is next on the list. More flats there then.The way things are going if you want a drink in future you will have to go into the town centre where the Police can keep you monitored via CCTV cameras. Big brother will be watching YOU !!
An entertainment type bar is what it should be. Like Swindon the pubs are disappearing being turned into flats. Wroughton does'nt need another supermarket.. All the time I hear of pubs closing. I believe The Crumpled Horn in Eldene is next on the list. More flats there then.The way things are going if you want a drink in future you will have to go into the town centre where the Police can keep you monitored via CCTV cameras. Big brother will be watching YOU !! greenpacer
  • Score: -6

9:58am Sun 23 Mar 14

daws says...

Bet the beers cheaper in there now!!!
Bet the beers cheaper in there now!!! daws
  • Score: 5

11:27am Sun 23 Mar 14

gambon says...

such a shame that wroughton has lost it's gay bar but they only allowed 1 gay in the village
such a shame that wroughton has lost it's gay bar but they only allowed 1 gay in the village gambon
  • Score: -1

1:44pm Sun 23 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

greenpacer wrote:
An entertainment type bar is what it should be. Like Swindon the pubs are disappearing being turned into flats. Wroughton does'nt need another supermarket.. All the time I hear of pubs closing. I believe The Crumpled Horn in Eldene is next on the list. More flats there then.The way things are going if you want a drink in future you will have to go into the town centre where the Police can keep you monitored via CCTV cameras. Big brother will be watching YOU !!
Clearly Wroughton does need another supermarket or they wouldn't be spending all that money building it. As for CCTV who cares if you are behaving yourself, generally those who are against them are usually the ones not doing what they should.
[quote][p][bold]greenpacer[/bold] wrote: An entertainment type bar is what it should be. Like Swindon the pubs are disappearing being turned into flats. Wroughton does'nt need another supermarket.. All the time I hear of pubs closing. I believe The Crumpled Horn in Eldene is next on the list. More flats there then.The way things are going if you want a drink in future you will have to go into the town centre where the Police can keep you monitored via CCTV cameras. Big brother will be watching YOU !![/p][/quote]Clearly Wroughton does need another supermarket or they wouldn't be spending all that money building it. As for CCTV who cares if you are behaving yourself, generally those who are against them are usually the ones not doing what they should. house on the hill
  • Score: 1

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