Sainsbury's Falmouth megastore plans will still go ahead, but no date set

Falmouth Packet: Sainsbury's Falmouth megastore plans will still go ahead, but no date set Sainsbury's Falmouth megastore plans will still go ahead, but no date set

Plans for a new Sainsbury’s megastore at Ponsharden will still go ahead, despite a recent downturn in the company’s fortunes.

In March, the supermarket chain reported its first fall in like-for-like sales figures in nine years, and has also recently said it will be focusing more on smaller local stores rather than larger out-of-town developments.

However, although half a year has passed since permission was granted without any building work taking place, the company has reaffirmed its commitment to the project.

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “We remain committed to the site in Falmouth and will be improving the fencing around it in coming months, however at the moment we don’t have a schedule for its development.”

Permission for the development, which will be three times the size of the supermarket it will replace, and which should create around 350 new jobs, was granted in August 2013.

The store had hoped to start work in early 2012, but the planning process stretched out over more than two years with wrangling over the section 106 agreement and other conditions.

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7:27pm Wed 9 Apr 14

victoriameldrew says...

I hope they get on with it soon - be nice to have a bigger store with more choice but also, the current store is looking very tired and the roof leaks - not good health and safety with slippery floors.
I hope they get on with it soon - be nice to have a bigger store with more choice but also, the current store is looking very tired and the roof leaks - not good health and safety with slippery floors. victoriameldrew
  • Score: 9

11:41pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Cornish heath says...

Only use this store occasionally, their other branches are far superior, as shelves regularly half empty, been overcharged at least 3 times as same item has been charged twice or price on shelf hasn't been same as receipt. To their credit It has always been put right when queried, but I always check every till receipt now.
Only use this store occasionally, their other branches are far superior, as shelves regularly half empty, been overcharged at least 3 times as same item has been charged twice or price on shelf hasn't been same as receipt. To their credit It has always been put right when queried, but I always check every till receipt now. Cornish heath
  • Score: 1

7:19am Thu 10 Apr 14

juwhite says...

Cornish Heath I think this is something that happens in nearly every supermarket!!! Sainsbury s prices are quite high and been on a budget I do tend to shop around but if it creates jobs i hope they do do it and quickly.
Cornish Heath I think this is something that happens in nearly every supermarket!!! Sainsbury s prices are quite high and been on a budget I do tend to shop around but if it creates jobs i hope they do do it and quickly. juwhite
  • Score: 14

7:59am Thu 10 Apr 14

molesworth says...

It will be nice not to have the tatty hoarding and scrap land welcoming visitors to Falmouth. It's been an awful eyesore for so long that we've all grown accustomed to it!
It will be nice not to have the tatty hoarding and scrap land welcoming visitors to Falmouth. It's been an awful eyesore for so long that we've all grown accustomed to it! molesworth
  • Score: 13

1:52pm Thu 10 Apr 14

ElevenEleven says...

I think the "new jobs" thing is somewhat exaggerated. There's only ever a handful of staff in the current store when I go in and often nobody on the checkouts at all. I suspect the 350 figure includes the staff from the current store and the vast majority will not be on anything close to full time hours.

Still, the new store will be better inside and out. I just hope the powers that be spend the section 106 bribe money wisely or this is going to have quite a negative effect on the town centre.
I think the "new jobs" thing is somewhat exaggerated. There's only ever a handful of staff in the current store when I go in and often nobody on the checkouts at all. I suspect the 350 figure includes the staff from the current store and the vast majority will not be on anything close to full time hours. Still, the new store will be better inside and out. I just hope the powers that be spend the section 106 bribe money wisely or this is going to have quite a negative effect on the town centre. ElevenEleven
  • Score: 5

8:36am Fri 11 Apr 14

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

Well it will be nice to have a proper alternative to Asda, which at really busy times is like descending into hell.
Well it will be nice to have a proper alternative to Asda, which at really busy times is like descending into hell. Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
  • Score: 12

1:26pm Fri 11 Apr 14

esswords says...

I hope it's not going to be too big. One of the reasons I hate using ASDA is it takes too long to shop there, and if you don't know exactly where something is located you'll be there forever.
I hope it's not going to be too big. One of the reasons I hate using ASDA is it takes too long to shop there, and if you don't know exactly where something is located you'll be there forever. esswords
  • Score: -2

1:29pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

esswords wrote:
I hope it's not going to be too big. One of the reasons I hate using ASDA is it takes too long to shop there, and if you don't know exactly where something is located you'll be there forever.
True. I must say though that most of the staff do a decent job of staying cheerful and polite despite the rather hectic and soulless environment.
That asda be a bonus ;-)
[quote][p][bold]esswords[/bold] wrote: I hope it's not going to be too big. One of the reasons I hate using ASDA is it takes too long to shop there, and if you don't know exactly where something is located you'll be there forever.[/p][/quote]True. I must say though that most of the staff do a decent job of staying cheerful and polite despite the rather hectic and soulless environment. That asda be a bonus ;-) Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
  • Score: 6

9:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

ampthillboy says...

Personally i hope it never gets built - much prefer the current Falmouth shop to the dreadful store and Cafe in Truro.
The new Falmouth store will have a bad effect on Falmouth Town and the full time jobs will be 30% at best.
Personally i hope it never gets built - much prefer the current Falmouth shop to the dreadful store and Cafe in Truro. The new Falmouth store will have a bad effect on Falmouth Town and the full time jobs will be 30% at best. ampthillboy
  • Score: -1

2:11pm Sat 12 Apr 14

ElevenEleven says...

esswords wrote:
I hope it's not going to be too big. One of the reasons I hate using ASDA is it takes too long to shop there, and if you don't know exactly where something is located you'll be there forever.
It's going to be the biggest Sainsbury west of Bristol...
[quote][p][bold]esswords[/bold] wrote: I hope it's not going to be too big. One of the reasons I hate using ASDA is it takes too long to shop there, and if you don't know exactly where something is located you'll be there forever.[/p][/quote]It's going to be the biggest Sainsbury west of Bristol... ElevenEleven
  • Score: 8

3:58pm Sat 12 Apr 14

juwhite says...

Must admit I tend to shop on the internet supermarket sites using their click and pick up service. So buy just what I want and the staff pick it for me, bag it and I just drive up and collect it so easy - I save money and time - giving me more time to read this website!!lol
Must admit I tend to shop on the internet supermarket sites using their click and pick up service. So buy just what I want and the staff pick it for me, bag it and I just drive up and collect it so easy - I save money and time - giving me more time to read this website!!lol juwhite
  • Score: -1

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