Asda store set for Caldicot

Asda store set for Caldicot

Asda store set for Caldicot

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A NEW supermarket for Caldicot is a step close after a retail giant and local council signed a legal agreement over its site.

Monmouthshire County Council has announced an exchange of contracts with retail chain Asda for the sale of four acres of land at Woodstock Way, Caldicot for the development of a new supermarket.

Deputy Leader of Monmouthshire County Council and Cabinet Member responsible for regeneration, Cllr Bob Greenland, said: “This fulfils a long standing promise that we made to the people of Caldicot to provide a new supermarket within Caldicot to enhance the existing town centre offer and act as an anchor for the much needed regeneration of the town centre.

“Caldicot’s retailers have suffered over the past few years through lost trade and we want to encourage the residents of Caldicot to return to their town through the provision of this new store.”

Now that the legal process has been completed, Asda is in the process of finalising its design and will submit a planning application shortly.

In preparation for the supermarket, work will shortly commence on the site to re-locate a sewage pipe and fibre optic cable.

The work is expected to last approximately 12 weeks and may result in some local disruption.

Cllr Greenland added: ““As we promised, the money raised from the sale of this site will be ring fenced towards the funding needed to provide Caldicot with a new aspirational comprehensive school as well as funding improvements to the town centre environment and a new 3G all-weather synthetic sports pitch for the school and leisure centre users.”

Communications Manager for Asda, Oliver Jones, said: “We’re really excited that our plans to bring our famous low prices to Caldicot are now one step closer. Being at the heart of the local community is really important to Asda and we look forward to getting to know the local community in the months ahead.”

As previously reported, Monmouthshire council said as part of the deal, a limit has been placed on items Asda can sell to protect local retailers.

Only around 20% of the floor space can be used for the sale of comparison goods, such as home furnishings and electrical items.

Asda will also be prohibited from having a pharmacy, opticians, travel agency, post office counter facilities, dry cleaning and photographic services.

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8:15am Fri 6 Sep 13

koifisher says...

Well I hope it helps the town , not kill it ,,
Well I hope it helps the town , not kill it ,, koifisher
  • Score: 1

9:35am Fri 6 Sep 13

onlylocalhere says...

This can only be a positive thing.

This should kick off a new school build, there should be some short term gains for local business in the building projects.

It should also make the poor Chepstow Tesco come up to the mark.

Now, if only someone could build a decent sized swimming pool!
This can only be a positive thing. This should kick off a new school build, there should be some short term gains for local business in the building projects. It should also make the poor Chepstow Tesco come up to the mark. Now, if only someone could build a decent sized swimming pool! onlylocalhere
  • Score: 5

10:13am Fri 6 Sep 13

Magor says...

Will there be a Petrol Station as the price of fuel is another rip off in Caldicot.
Will there be a Petrol Station as the price of fuel is another rip off in Caldicot. Magor
  • Score: 4

10:59am Fri 6 Sep 13

pwharley says...

There should also be a Diesel Station!
There should also be a Diesel Station! pwharley
  • Score: 5

11:47am Fri 6 Sep 13

Magor says...

pwharley wrote:
There should also be a Diesel Station!
Sorry Fuel Station
[quote][p][bold]pwharley[/bold] wrote: There should also be a Diesel Station![/p][/quote]Sorry Fuel Station Magor
  • Score: 4

12:52pm Fri 6 Sep 13

whatintheworld says...

aren't people worried that local shops are going to suffer? - if the prices are lower i guess we don't care...
aren't people worried that local shops are going to suffer? - if the prices are lower i guess we don't care... whatintheworld
  • Score: -1

4:56pm Fri 6 Sep 13

Magor says...

whatintheworld wrote:
aren't people worried that local shops are going to suffer? - if the prices are lower i guess we don't care...
There are not many decent shops in Caldicot mainly Banks,Takeaways Estate Agents and Waitrose which will suffer as its too expensive.The lower prices will be welcome.
[quote][p][bold]whatintheworld[/bold] wrote: aren't people worried that local shops are going to suffer? - if the prices are lower i guess we don't care...[/p][/quote]There are not many decent shops in Caldicot mainly Banks,Takeaways Estate Agents and Waitrose which will suffer as its too expensive.The lower prices will be welcome. Magor
  • Score: 1

7:38pm Fri 6 Sep 13

skewiff says...

whatintheworld wrote:
aren't people worried that local shops are going to suffer? - if the prices are lower i guess we don't care...
What you say is probably true. No doubt about it, the town centre will suffer. As proven time and again when certain supermarkets comes to small towns - there are overall net job losses (despite job creation claims of the supermarket) and job creation claims include the building contractors and all the other jobs needed to build the supermarket (jobs which disappear once the work is done). There is a very high price to pay for low cost foods at the community level. In this particular community, I haven't seen the huge protests like you see in other parts of the UK. Everyone I talk to seems resigned to it or even looking foward to somewhere cheaper than Waitrose. Yet we have a top class good price butcher in town, the market 2 days a week with fresh produce. Potential for more if the council would reduce its ridiculous rents on business premises. Its going to be a huge cost to Caldicot in the end, sadly.
[quote][p][bold]whatintheworld[/bold] wrote: aren't people worried that local shops are going to suffer? - if the prices are lower i guess we don't care...[/p][/quote]What you say is probably true. No doubt about it, the town centre will suffer. As proven time and again when certain supermarkets comes to small towns - there are overall net job losses (despite job creation claims of the supermarket) and job creation claims include the building contractors and all the other jobs needed to build the supermarket (jobs which disappear once the work is done). There is a very high price to pay for low cost foods at the community level. In this particular community, I haven't seen the huge protests like you see in other parts of the UK. Everyone I talk to seems resigned to it or even looking foward to somewhere cheaper than Waitrose. Yet we have a top class good price butcher in town, the market 2 days a week with fresh produce. Potential for more if the council would reduce its ridiculous rents on business premises. Its going to be a huge cost to Caldicot in the end, sadly. skewiff
  • Score: 1

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