This is the first glimpse at how a new supermarket in the north of the city will look.

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Supermarket giant Morrisons opened its public exhibition yesterday to reveal its ambitions for the four-acre site off Aylsham Road.

They hope to build a food store on the site of Goff Petroleum, with the company removing the rest of its workforce to its Wymondham base.

The fuel distribution company and Morrisons have worked together to come up with the design for the 20,000 sq ft store and a planning application is expected by the end of the year.

At a public exhibition in St Catherine’s Church which opened yesterday, a spokesman for the supermarket said up to 250 jobs could be created.

He said: “People have been happy to hear the message we have given out.

“We are not looking to compete - we are looking to complement the area. We are looking to focus attention on the area.

“The area is losing out. We will help existing traders pick up trade passing by.”

But shopkeepers interviewed in yesterday’s Evening News said they struggled to see how the arrival of Morrisons would help them.

Rajivan Rakunathan, 33, who owns the convenience store on Aylsham Road, said he was 100pc against Morrisons coming, and said he would lose custom to the store.

The plans show the entrance to the site will be widened and there will also be 206 parking spaces.

Around 100 people visited the exhibition opposite the Goff Petroleum yesterday and were welcomed by Morrisons’ representatives who were collecting surveys on the arrival of the store.

The survey asks if people are for or against the supermarket chain moving into the area and asks for comments.

•The exhibition at St Catherine’s Church is also open today from 10am to 6.30pm.

5 comments

  • Sounds like a great idea to me. More jobs and theres nothing in that area at the moment to make you want to go there...unless you live there!

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    bubbly_mik

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • The majority of the items the items that are sold at the convenience store, or other traders ,that are also sold at Morrisons will generally be cheaper at Morrisons, therefore I cannot see how this will help existing traders.Morrisons please explain. If, a consultant were to offer a plan which would improve profitability but cut the number of jobs required then Morrisons would adopt that plan, with no thought being given to the staff members or their families well being. Job creation is a necessary evil to be put up with as far as large supermarkets are concerned as they have no thought for the suppliers or purchasers of their goods for sale, only their own profits.

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    Yorky

    Saturday, October 27, 2012

  • The majority of the items the items that are sold at the convenience store, or other traders ,that are also sold at Morrisons will generally be cheaper at Morrisons, therefore I cannot see how this will help existing traders.Morrisons please explain. If, a consultant were to offer a plan which would improve profitability but cut the number of jobs required then Morrisons would adopt that plan, with no thought being given to the staff members or their families well being. Job creation is a necessary evil to be put up with as far as large supermarkets are concerned as they have no thought for the suppliers or purchasers of their goods for sale, only their own profits.

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    Yorky

    Saturday, October 27, 2012

  • These big stores will eventually wipe out the smaller shops which in general offer a much better service to the customer because they want them to return. Morrisons is just out to make money, they don't really seem to care about the area and the damage it might sustain. Even on Drayton Road there are heavy trucks starting up, doors slamming, etc, and thundering alone at 4pm in the morning, What will it be like when even more trucks are using this area. Should be well out of this area in a proper commercial area, not a built up area.

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    COLD

    Saturday, October 27, 2012

  • This is going to have ramifications for Anglia Square. Part of those plans involve building a large supermarket on the carpark next to Pitt St. The chap I spoke to said that all the major supermarkets had shown an interest - looks like Morrisons won't anymore.

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    oldowl

    Friday, October 26, 2012

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