SUPERMARKET chain Morrisons is to create 250 jobs by opening a store in Hadleigh.

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The retailer will share the site currently occupied by Buyright and hopes to open by the start of next year.

QD Stores, which owns the Buyright brand, will remain at the location and build a new 20,000 sq ft store, due to open in July.

Justin Farrington Smith, managing director of QD Stores, insisted there would be no job losses as a result of the redevelopment, which will also create a further 480 car spaces. He said it was unclear at this stage what branding the store will carry but that it would include a garden centre.

He added: “We have traded at that site very successfully for a number of years and we need to take it on to the next stage.”

Mr Farrington Smith said the company looked at redeveloping the site itself before deciding to speak with other commercial operators. Asked if one of those operators was Tesco – which has been fighting to open in Hadleigh for the last two decades – he said: “I’m not going to comment on who we spoke to but we feel Morrisons are the best partner. Their customer base and customer ethics are very similar to ours.”

A spokeswoman for Morrisons said: “We have reached an agreement to purchase part of the Buyright store in Hadleigh for redevelopment to build a 50,000 sq ft Morrisons and hope to open by the start of next year. We look forward to bringing the Morrisons offering to the Hadleigh area in the near future.”

5 comments

  • Obviously the good people of Hadleigh haven't heard about this one. Rip down the Anti Tesco posters & put up the anti Morrisons ones. Best we march on the Town Hall. Or are the people of Hadleigh just pleased to have some competition in the town at long last. May be the prices will come down now.

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    Concerned of Suffolk

    Friday, February 24, 2012

  • So the "No to Tesco" crowd have another problem. Will they now become "No to Morrisons"??

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, February 24, 2012

  • Morrisons offer poor quality prodcuts and attract the lower end of the market. They need more sophisticated places like Waitrose or Tesco

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    the opinion man

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • Personally, and as someone who strongly opposed a Tesco in Hadleigh, I'm actually quite pleased about this deal. Mainly as it is in the perfect position-right by the bypass, and away from the ludicrous proposed location for the Tesco store. As someone who works at Buyright, albeit only at weekends, it was clear redevelopment work was necessary. Leaking holes in the roof and a very poor heating system made it not the most comfortable place to work or shop, especially in the colder seasons. I don't think QD would ever have put money in to fix it up as much as it needed to be, so its a good deal for them (though don't get me wrong, I strongly sympathise for the owners and workers of the concessions at the store who will have to leave). My opposition against Tesco was mainly based on location, and my opinion of the company (none of them are good, but Tesco worse than most). Morrisons' location is perfect for access, and while I do have concerns for the town's stores, they are vastly fewer than the concerns I had when Tesco put their bid in.

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    LiamSelf

    Sunday, February 26, 2012

  • Poor ol Tesco... lol. Hadleigh wins again as there is no need for 2 supermarkets... Every little helps!

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    ran 528

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

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