ASDA reveal dates for new supermarket in Newport

Now the planning application has been approved, ASDA’s head of UK Property Communications shares plans with OnTheWight.

ASDA and blue sky

As reported last night, the Planning Committee spent over four hours deliberating planning applications from ASDA and South Coast Leisure for out of town supermarkets in St George’s Way, Newport.

Both applications were approved, but don’t get too excited just yet, it could be almost two and a half years before a supermarket on the site opens.

Timetable for opening
Following the decision-making, Doug Wilson, Head of UK Property Communications, ASDA told OnTheWight,

“We are delighted that the Council’s Planning Committee has approved our planning application for a new ASDA store on St George’s Way. We will look to begin work on the site later this year with a view to opening the new store in late 2016, early 2017.

“We have already begun discussions with Job Centre Plus as to how ASDA’s recruitment programme can support the Island’s employment and training priorities and we expect to meet with other Island groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and the trader and tourist organisations as we work on the finer details of the store’s delivery.

“We have had great support from the local community throughout the planning process and we would like to thank everyone for all of their efforts on our behalf. We are very much looking forward to coming to the Island.”

How councillors voted
Our thanks to Cllr Lumley for sharing details of the vote.

ASDA
7 in favour: Cllrs Fuller, Blezzard, Baker-Smith, Whitby-Smith, Stubbings, Howe and Eccles
2 against: Cllrs Hollis and Price
2 abstained: Cllrs Bloomfield and Nicholson

South Coast Leisure
8 in favour: Cllrs Fuller, Blezzard, Baker-Smith, Whitby-Smith, Stubbings, Howe, Eccles and Nicholson
2 against: Cllrs Hollis and Price
1 abstained: Cllrs Bloomfield

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Cynic

Before people get too excited about ASDA jobs, it is worth remembering that ASDAis a wholly-owned subsidiary of the US Walmart chain that is frequently being criticised and taken to court for its employment policies and practices. (Google the Walmart section of the report of workplacefairness.org for details).

Cynic

QED!. ASDA/Walmart do not like to be reminded of their reputation for having less-than-friendly personnel policies. :-)

Better Red than Bled

Who would down arrow this? A Walmart shareholder or some one that thinks we should be grateful for a chance to earn a pittance working in some huge corporation that takes it profits away from where they are made???

Mark Francis

But unless people buy more food how will there be more jobs? Because if Asda take trade from Sainsbury’s & Morrisons won’t that cause lay offs?

gunshopiow
I am absolutely staggered that the IWC thinks that Newport/the Island needs another 2 supermarkets. Where is the custom coming from ? do they not read the financial press ? all the majors are under pressure now with their business contracting because of the new players. Mark my words even the likes of Sainsburys will have to scale back their operation on the IOW – there are… Read more »
the Rifleman
I staggered anyone would think 2 supermarkets could be built! Both schemes used much of the same land therefore only 1 can be built and the other falls by the wayside. When supermarkets first came they took customers from the existing shops did they feel sorrow for taking the custom? What goes around comes around. Who are you say which chains can come to the Island and… Read more »
retired Hack

The decision doesn’t mean that the IWC thinks the island needs another two supermarkets. It means they think both applications are sound on planning grounds. It also means that they’ve decided, wisely, not to take side in the game that’s going on between the two applicants.

Oldie

it’s not particularly good news for the share holders or the managers. The Council are only interested in what they’ll get out of it. The customers are only interested in getting the best deal – food is food whichever supermarket you buy it from. That is how the world works.

Steve Goodman
O. – This is also how the world works: Food (from supermarkets or elsewhere) can be comparatively cheap to buy; that alone doesn’t make it the best deal. As a customer, my preference is for a variety of fairly priced, tasty, healthy, fresh, local, seasonal produce; I prefer to pay for something I will enjoy eating, and is produced in a way which will maintain the health… Read more »
davimel
OOOoh I got that ‘Deja Vu’ feeling .. Have we not been here before…. a few times??? Didn’t the scheme get through planning 2 years ago???? Have we not beaten the subject of an Asda store to death?? And now we are right back where we were 2 years ago with a 2-3 year build time?? Why, when certain other premises are buit in a year, is… Read more »
Oldie
The shareholders of Walmart (Aldi) don’t care about Sainsburys or Morrisons, they are American. Walmart (Aldi) don’t care that there are not enough customers for all these supermarkets. Sainsburys, Tescos and Morrisons on the other-hand trade on the London Stock Exchange. The customers will go to whoever is cheapest. So why should the customer care as long as he doesn’t work at any of them or have… Read more »
davimel
I really don’t care who robs who to make a few bob… and I accept that customers will go wherever is cheapest but we have a finite population (160,000??) and live in a place where transporting goods costs a bomb AND we already have 2 of the best budget supermarkets (Lidl and Aldi) so who decided that we ‘needed’ yet another massive store which will only be… Read more »
s

What on earth do planning committee members think they are doing by abstaining?

If they don’t want to make a decision they should absent themselves or resign from the committee.

Mark Francis

A good point. They might as well not turn up. I did not turn up either (on account of my not being a councillor), so why can’t I get attendance money?

Stewart Blackmore

Sorry, the above comment is mine – slip of the fingers!

tony hawes

If and when Asda do open on the island, certain products will be cheaper in Aldi and Lidl. But Asda will always come out cheaper against Tesco morrisons or Sainsburys but only if you remember to use the Asda price guarantee. This guarantees that the total shop will be 10% cheaper than their rivals.

The Sciolist

At least the IOW council are getting £20 million. It’s their land.

I’m sure it’ll come in handy, even if they keep pretending it wont make any difference to their ‘under pressure’ finances.

Overner

Will employ some of those lazy corkheads, cutting my UK income tax bill. Well done Asda.

Tony cream
Really looking forward and hopeful of Asda coming to the Isle of Wight why should islanders not have the opportunity to shop in all the stores which are on the mainland hopefully with this happening more mainland shops will come to the island the dinosaurs died out millions of years ago so let’s move on from dinosaur island well it is the twenty first century so let’s… Read more »
Tanja Rebel
To Tony cream: Yeah! Let’s have more super-ethical supersaver supermarkets, selling local, fresh, ethically obtained produce, enhancing the Island with their high quality architecture and supporting smaller local shops. Let’s not deprive the Islanders from this uplifting experience, benefitting all – in particular local farms, local shops and our architectural landscape, not to mention the people working slavishly all over the world in order to provide us… Read more »
Brian N

Yep.

Why wouldn’t we?

Its called an economy, and it works.

Or, we could just all be sarcastic and rant on about the environment all the time. The environment is important, but with your attitude, who cares what you think.

I.Reader
Not so brainy Brian obviously cares, as he(?) responded. And, post-Paris, we know that the attitude of the world’s scientific and political leaders is now officially much more in line with those like Ms Rebel, who obviously does care about environmental importance. Acknowledging the world’s environmental crisis is also a reminder of the world’s economic crisis, which rather disproves not so brainy Brian’s statement about the economy… Read more »
Tanja Rebel
To Brian: Rejoice, I agree with you! Sure it works, look at the planet – it is in a wonderful state! Ask the animals and the plants, they love what we are doing to them in the name of cheap meat, cheap milk and cheap crops! Not to mention those lovely cheap gadgets from China! Oh and I forgot the fantastic plastic packaging in all these super-duper… Read more »
Tanja Rebel

Oh and you are right on another point too: Who cares indeed? Let’s shop till we drop at whatever cost to the planet! We are the King of the Beasts, are we not?

You see, I have truly been converted: Long live the Economy!!!

See you at the supermarket!

Tanja Rebel
Brian N: You won’t believe it! I went to the top of a beautiful hill and imagine what Modern Man had put there! A superstore! It was a marvellous sight, what architecture – like a temple! Our descendants will be mighty proud of us when they see what marvels we have built in worship of the Market… I couldn’t believe my luck! The goods in there were… Read more »
Thpompey

I say look after number 1 let the rest of the world look after itself. Some people can’t afford to worry about the environment.

Brian

Theres absolutely no point in responding to this sort of rudeness and sarcasm.

Tanja, if you actually want anyone to take you seriously, try being a little bit civil to them.

A sarcastic comment in response to someone saying they want an Asda on the island is just childish.

Tanja Rebel
Thpompey: So true! Let’s carry on as usual! After all, people slaving away in other parts of the world, goods transported from one side of the earth to the other whilst our planet is burning, animals suffering for our cheap goods are a sacrifice well-spent on the altar of the Market. Who cares about these people and animals anyway? For WE are Number One, well above the… Read more »
Richad

Tanja

Are supermarkets not starting to embrace good practices in where they source there food from and in its sustainability?

And enjoy Dubai, I’m hopefully off to LA in August.

A.Pugin
There is no debate with Tanja, her arguements just get more and more insane with time….much like the Green Party. In a low wage economy such as ours, I welcome Asda. They will create jobs, improve the availability of affordable and healthy food and by being outside of the Newport traffic system should improve traffic flow around Coppins Bridge (Morrisons and M&S Car parks being my point).… Read more »
Tanja Rebel
Dear Richard(r?)d: Yes, some are to an extent, but always to an extent. Most of them still put undue pressure on farmers to produce cheaper and cheaper goods. They also create a lot of waste (as recent TV documentaries have shown) and the competition to be the cheapest contributes to unethical practice in all kinds of manners, where cheap amd fast is more important than fair and… Read more »
Mr Einsteins Ghost

Where do you shop Tanya? Not having a go, but even you have to live (and shop) in this imperfect world..

Richard

Tanja

Do you think they built Stonehenge hoping future generations admire it’s beauty?

So who do you blame, the supermarkets or the “unfortunate” people who have to shop there?

Shame about your trip to Dubaii, just maybe you would have your eyes opened to a very cruel societ.

Tanja Rebel
Dear Richard: Am not sure about the motivations of the Stonehenge builders, but I understand that they created an astronomical phenomenon as well as a marvel of beauty. There was a time when form and function went hand in hand… Yes, there are many cruel societies out there, propped up by our blind consumption. Read the other day that 845000 Brits visit Dubai every year. I won’t… Read more »
Richard
Tanja I’m pretty certain that beauty was not at the forefront of the builders of Stonehenge, more practicality, and if I’m right they didn’t source the materials locally, and I’m pretty certain if they had our modern methods of transportation they would of used them. It’s human nature that we are lazy, if you wish to find the easiest way to do something give the challenge to… Read more »
Tanja Rebel
Dear Richard, Practicality was probably on their minds, although you could of course argue the practicality of lugging big stones over large distances…Nevertheless, they managed to combine their “practicality” with profound beauty, something which was of import in those days. As stated, form and function went hand in hand, they were not separated as they are today where aesthetics has been reduced to cosmetics and true beauty… Read more »
A.Pugin

Sorry Tanja, but this is about Asda opening a shop…which many people welcome….how on Earth do you manage to meander into the building of Stonehenge, male dominance and inter species relations?
You must clearly work within the IWCC education department with logic like that.

Richard

Tanja

You are totally missing the point.

Let’s see if this if this works?
When there is a risk to life, would you expect our emergency rescue services to jump in their rowing boats, on the bicycles or their gliders, to get to the scene of the emergency?

Richard

Tanja

I shop in the supermarket, I very rarely buy fizz or chips, can I ask why you would think that?

Tanja Rebel
To A. Pughin: Haha! Not the Education Department, but I am a teacher – of Philosophy. Kindly ask Richard about Stonehenge, it was he (?) who brought it up. I just compared its architectural value with that of current supermarkets, where the lack of architectural quality is a glaring symptom of linear patriarchal thinking. Sorry about that, but it is thus… Time for some more holistic thinking… Read more »
BRIAN

To A. Pughin: Haha! Not the Education Department, but I am a teacher – of Philosophy.
That explains everything ! I always wondered which branch of the airy-fairy, arty-farty world you inhabited. A philosopher has a problem for every solution. ” If everybody contemplates the infinite instead of fixing the drains, many of us will die of cholera”- John Rich.

Tanja Rebel
Dear Richard, The Emergency Services need motorised vehicles, it is an emergency after all. Shopping is not am emergency, so can be done on foot, by bike or by bus – unless you are disabled or very old. Having said that, I know elederly people who still walk or bike to the shop, they are on average much healthier and live longer than my motorised friends. Regarding… Read more »
A.Pugin
“It would just be nice for a change if power could be shared more equally – among genders and among species.” A teacher…very interesting, do you have much experience outside of a classroom? Have you tried to clothe and provide nutricious meals for your growing children whilst living on benefits? Asda is a godsend for those on a low income that just want food and clothes that… Read more »
Richard

Tanja

Ok we are getting there.
So you are pleased motorised vehicles were invented?
How much shopping can one person carry on the bus? Are you saying that person should have to catch the bus two or three times a week to make sure they have enough food for their family, how is this more environmentally friendly than one trip in the car.

Richard

A.Pugin

The point I’m trying to make to Tanja regarding Stonehenge is that it seems she thinks that all things in the past were built to aesthetically please, they weren’t , they were built for practicality, just like today’s supermarket buildings.

A.Pugin

She won’t budge until you believe that she sits at home in the dark, with only the light from her device as that is all we need, that motorised transport should be reserved for the state, the free market be abolished etc etc etc….basically green communism without the good bits.

OHMY

Women in power,OMG do you not remember Thatcher,no more women in power.

A.Pugin

Women and animals, and possibly plants in coalition.

Tanja Rebel
Yeah, let’s have a revolution: Women, animals and plants all get together to topple patriarchy! On a serious note: Of course motorised vehicles have their place, it is just how and when we use them. Most car journeys are for less than five miles, often to the supermarket. A walk (to the bus) or a bike ride instead would do us good, environmentally as well as health… Read more »
Tanja Rebel
To Mr Einstein’s Ghost: I shop mostly in smaller shops, particularly whole food shops and sometimes the Farmers Market. When I need a supermarket I prefer the Coop. Not perfect, but at least a cooperative with some local produce. Oh and Waitrose at times, mainly because a friend of mine likes to go there, but also because it has some ethical produce – although not enough of… Read more »
Richard
Tanja You shop in co-op, I wouldn’t say they are the most aesthetically pleasing of places to shop. You say we should shop locally, ok, so obviously we would need more of these places, so as they were within walking / biking distance etc, how do you propose these greater number of stores would receive there produce? Would it require less fuel guzzling lorries than just the… Read more »
Tanja Rebel
Dear Richard, Coop is indeed not aesthetically pleasing, none of the supermarkets are – not even Waitrose. I buy very little in Waitrose, by the way, perhaps one or two items a week. As for the Coop, I choose the smaller ones as I have a dislike of larger supermarkets, they feel like barns with horrible clinical lighting – truly depressing. It strikes me every time I… Read more »
BRIAN
I am no mouthpiece for Walmart but with respect to ASDA, it is not just a food supermarket and many prefer ASDA to other outlets. When this store is opened, Islanders will have the benefit of ASDA’s policy of standard pricing which means identical prices to the mainland stores. Many ladies like the “George” clothing range which will do damage to Marks and Spencer. We may also… Read more »
Tanja Rebel
To Brian: You make me laugh too. Of course we need people to “fix” things, but it would be good if we think before we do. Wherever we have a choice, we should try to choose local, fresh and ethically made products, for the benefit of all. Asda might not be the worst, but we could do so much better. As for cheaper petrol prices, it might… Read more »
Mark Francis
No supermarkets for me! I generally have my cornflakes individually hand cut by a little man in Jermyn Street and rolled on the thighs of Cuban maidens with generous pension plans. My tea bags are all ethically hand-stitched by a silent order of Buddhist monks in the foothills of the Himalayas and my milk is from Japanese cows who are constantly serenaded by string quintets on an… Read more »
BRIAN

Come on now,Mark, you’re taking the p**s !

Mark Francis

Ethically sourced, organic P155, Brian.

BRIAN

Love it! You should be doing standup

Mark Francis

I’m glad somebody loves me Brian.

I’m taking more down arrows here than the Battle of Hastings.

Cicero

MF Just give the salute by Agincourt archers to the French? :-))

(Back to lurking)

A.Pugin

I would second that! Although Tanja’s idea of voting for a cabbage for PM tickles me as well

Tanja Rebel
Hehe! A Cabbage might be a bit too passive. However, unlike our current “Prime” Minister at least it would not: . Relax Planning Laws leading to more loss of countryside . Allow (EU banned) pesticides that are harmful to bees. . Invest in bigger motorways and more runways . Shamefully neglect cyclists and Public Transport users . Cut Legal Aid . Ban books for prisoners . Hit… Read more »
Richard

Tanja

Do you not think that some of the above points are done for the benefit of keeping people in employment?

Tanja Rebel
Dear Richard, In that case it is a very cynical way to go about it… By the way, insulating houses (another scheme the Government has cut), investing in renewable energy sources and building + maintaining more cycle paths would also create jobs. If hedges were laid along the cycle paths, you could even create skilled jobs. The cycle paths could then double up as wild life corridors.… Read more »
Richard

Tanja

Quality comes at price?

Tanja Rebel

To Richard: Everything has a price. The question is what kind of price? Quantity in the form of cheap goods from far away, flying across the globe for leisure, using up our resources as if there is no tomorrow has a price too. In actual fact, it costs us the earth.