Village welcomes controversial new Morrisons store

This Is Wiltshire: Village welcomes controversial new Morrisons store Village welcomes controversial new Morrisons store

SUPERMARKET giant Morrisons’ newest store opened its doors in Wroughton at a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday morning.

Plans to build the new Morrisons M Local store on the site of the former Three Tuns pub had caused concern among residents ever since the company first lodged an interest in converting the venue last summer.

Yet the end result was praised by villagers who appreciated the chain’s efforts to preserve some of the inn’s most historic features.

Jane Lane, a campaigner at the heart of the successful Kings Farm Wood appeal, was invited to cut the ribbon.

“I think it will blend into the community and add something to it,” she said. “The fact that it has kept a bit of its character is a big plus.”

The store has created 20 jobs in the village.

Parish council chairman Paul Hurst said: “The plans for a shop were upsetting for a few of the locals especially those overlooking it. There were highways issues and it still might be a problem. “But they listened to the parish council and put railings in and it has created some employment. They also kept some of the features of the public house which is good.”

Josh Davies, Morrisons M Local manager, said: “We are hoping to be a part of this tight-knit community. We went out last Tuesday to introduce ourselves to the community and people have been welcoming. The response from the village has been very positive.”

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6:37am Tue 1 Apr 14

klempner69 says...

I live just around the corner from this shop and could never see why 80 odd people signed a petition against this conversion..I will be looking out for these people sneaking across to use it when they run out something.
Who used to call Arkells when the place was broken into on at least 3 occasions by metal thieves as I didnt want to see the pub set on fire..it was me every time.
As for the person who opened the shop,I have never heard of her in the 23 years I have lived here.Good luck Morrisons..
I live just around the corner from this shop and could never see why 80 odd people signed a petition against this conversion..I will be looking out for these people sneaking across to use it when they run out something. Who used to call Arkells when the place was broken into on at least 3 occasions by metal thieves as I didnt want to see the pub set on fire..it was me every time. As for the person who opened the shop,I have never heard of her in the 23 years I have lived here.Good luck Morrisons.. klempner69
  • Score: 13

8:16am Tue 1 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

Its a supermarket, of course it will fit into the community, what a stupid statement. Everyone needs a supermarket.
Its a supermarket, of course it will fit into the community, what a stupid statement. Everyone needs a supermarket. house on the hill
  • Score: 4

10:04am Tue 1 Apr 14

Oik1 says...

"Parish council chairman Paul Hurst said: “The plans for a shop were upsetting for a few of the locals especially those overlooking it."

And the only reason it was upsetting is that those handfull of locals have lost their free parking, no more free caravan parking for some.
Good on Morrisons, lets hope they have every success.
"Parish council chairman Paul Hurst said: “The plans for a shop were upsetting for a few of the locals especially those overlooking it." And the only reason it was upsetting is that those handfull of locals have lost their free parking, no more free caravan parking for some. Good on Morrisons, lets hope they have every success. Oik1
  • Score: 8

10:11am Tue 1 Apr 14

Davey Gravey says...

Why on earth would people moan about a derelict building being renovated and a local shop being created?
Some people really need to get lives.
Why on earth would people moan about a derelict building being renovated and a local shop being created? Some people really need to get lives. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 13

12:41pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

It'll never be as good as Waitrose in my opinion
It'll never be as good as Waitrose in my opinion Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -1

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