Saturday, 4 October 2014

Sainsbury's "on track"

A NEW Sainsbury’s store in Dorridge is on course to be open by Christmas with an opening date to be given soon, the supermarket has said.

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The firm is constructing the store at the former Forest Court in the centre of the village.

The controversial development will include six retail units, 184 parking spaces, café and extended and refurbished doctors’ surgery.

In its latest community newsletter it said: “We also hope to announce a specific store opening date in next month’s issue, but rest assured we are still well on course for a pre-Christmas opening and we look forward to being part of a revitalised village centre during the festive period and come the new year.”

The shop units will be fitted out this month and tenants will be named soon, it said.

A car park deck is to also be completed and the front of the store on Station Road will be clad in timber.

The firm said: “Work continues on all fronts and we really appreciate the positive feedack we have been receiving from residents.

“We will carry on doing all we can to keep disruption to an absolute minimum as we enter into the final phases of construction, including our daily efforts on and off the site, as well as regular letters to our neighbours and making sure we continue to liaise closely with the council.”


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40 comments:

  1. The clock is different from the artists impression!

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  2. Its far too big, but Sainsbury's have been faultless in their development so far.
    Really looking forward to a rejuvenated Dorridge.

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  3. When will new surgery open? and will there be another way onto the car park, other than the now steep ramp?

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    1. Of course! The current ramp was only temporary!
      New Ramp currently being constructed parallel to old surgery off Avenue Road
      New surgery originally planned for 1st November - it will be tighttiming though I believe

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  4. Have heard surgery to open on November 1st. Disappointed with clock - generic and cheap looking. Have the independent shop units been rented out yet does anyone know?

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  5. Says one unit remaining. Costa Coffee advertising jobs and rumours of Greggs.

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    1. Thank goodness we're getting a Costa. I've been really worried we'd get one of those dreadful independent coffee shops like they have in Totnes.

      Fingers crossed for Greggs.

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    2. What a supid comment,what planet are you on?

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  6. I'm hoping for a betting shop and a tattoo parlour and at least a couple of charity shops

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    1. You are just being silly now.

      One Charity Shop will be enough, plus a branch of 'GuineaLand', kind of Poundland for Dorridge folk.

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  7. Maybe a pizza take away...

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  8. Don't be silly what we really need is another hairdresser's

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  9. Sainsburys have done a fantastic job IMO, it will be such an improvement on what was there before!!

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  10. It will change Dorridge but a change was needed. At least now Dorridge will have a genuine centre and shopping area that is used replacing the dead hole that was there before. More modern and relevant feel. One of the arguments put against it was that people wouldn't want to live in Dorridge and property prices would drop. However there is so much work going on upgrading property locally that that seems to have been an unfounded worry.
    As for the units - the chemist is moving into one of them. I asked and they said they were only moved to where they are as a temporary measure - don't know about others.

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    1. been away on hols, my word, what a change. I am a fervent supporter of the development. Last fortnight big trub for the big four. Was in Gloucester yesterday, the once vibrant city centre was dead, on the ring roads many signs to superstores. The cathedral was superb, but we sat outside Costas on Eastgate and commented on the " to let" signs, and many customers outside were east European. At least Dorridge did not have a centre to destroy, it was already dead. We are so lucky that the deathnell for superstores comes with our supermarket in Dorridge. Small is beautiful.

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    2. SMALLL????????????? What planet are you on.?????????

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  11. Its really coming on and honestly you cant fault the developers.
    The addition of a few trees this weekend will help soften things as will the landscaping at the back.

    Dorridge weren't just "lucky" to get this development - its came off the back of some hard campaigning not to leave it abandoned and I am very grateful.

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  12. Clearly lots of "thought" went into repositioning the bus stop without a back or sides on the narrowest stretch of pavement. Just what we needed to encourage public transport.

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    1. Yes they need to put the bus stop somewhere else,with a shelter!

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  13. All those people who believe Sainsburys have been considerate builders obviously don't live anywhere near the centre. I can tell you it's been an absolute nightmare which is unlikely to dissipate once the superstore is open. It's too big and is already having a big impact on getting around and parking.

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    1. I live in the centre and have been keeping a close eye on the development. Sainsburys and the builders have been very considerate, considering the difficulty of the build. There has not been chaos and people are driving with great care. It bodes well for the 20 mph limit.
      Clocks a bit big though!

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    2. I leave just opposite the site and it has been and still is horrible. When you say they have been very considerate you mean when they expect everyone to wait until their lorries get to where they need to go stopping traffic whenever they feel like. Noise from early morning Monday to Saturday, sometimes Sundays and late at night, machinery, lorries, dirt left on Station Road...not to talk about the crazy layout of roads, no wonder people are driving with care. It has been a week now that you can see cars queueing thanks to the traffic lights, especially worse through out the weekend, you can foresee it won´t be long until the queues reach the roundabout. I can only imagine Monday morning rush hour with the store opening, it´s going to be delightful, welcome to the new Dorridge!

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    3. I agree. I live in the centre and it as been hell, particularly the last 3 weeks whilst they've had all the roads up. The noise has been unbearable and is set to continue Saturday and Sunday this weekend. It's disgusting how those closest have been treated with such contempt. People seem to think that we have been financially recompensed for the noise, dirt, dust, disruption, lorries constantly parked across your drive and on the pavement outside your house and regular working outside the agreed hours and our new view of a massive ugly car park lit up like blackpool. IF ONLY!!

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  14. The clock is ridiculously big just like the whole development.

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    1. You think the clock is big?? Just wait until the Big Orange slap their company logo on the front of the building..

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  15. Delighted to see the trees have arrived along Station Road but...........

    I have heard a rumour that there are not going to be any trees planted to screen the ugly brick wall on Forest Road. The original plans show a row of trees all along the façade. Currently there is one sorry sapling in position,. Can anyone confirm what is intended?

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    1. Yes, having trees in the central reservation is a masterstroke.

      Someone should have thought of that years ago.

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  16. Apparently one of the shop units will be Timpson's.

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  17. The parking on Poplar Road,Hanbury Road is terrible. 90 % Sainsburys workers. So much for no parking in the village!
    Does anyone know if we will get a litter patrol person once the store opens?

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  18. Drove by earlier - they are planting trees in front of the Forest Road Wall.
    Apparently the doctors is nearly finished and they will be moving back in next couple of weeks.

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  19. The parking in Poplar Road/Hanbury Road is terrible. I have given up contacting them. Their" no construction workers parking in the village" scheme is not working!
    Will we be having a litter patrol person, when the store is open?

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  20. I think we have to live with the construction workers parking in the village for this short time. There seem to be loads of them - the up side being that the whole thing will be finished more quickly. Can't believe the speed with which it is progressing.
    Most supermarkets seem keen to keep their surroundings clear of litter for obvious reasons. Never seen a litter problem at any other supermarket !??

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  21. You are probably right however we were promised that it would not happen!

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    1. And you believed them?

      Naive doesn't even scratch the surface.

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    2. Where does it say that I believed them?

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    3. Where exactly did I say that I believed them?

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  22. have you not seen the litter outside Tesco particularly on a Sunday morning? they don't give a stuff about the mess and I can't imagine Sainsburys will care any more and will probably be delighted to see Dorridge turn even more orange.

    the store is set to open on 26 November - let the madness begin - or continue if the past few weeks have been anything to go by.

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  23. I watched a group of yellow jacketed workman return to their parked cars along Poplar Road today....so much for the Orange promise to arrange transport from out of village car parks.

    The real problems all lie ahead when the store is operational.

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  24. Is Lynda cutting the Orange ribbon?

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  25. Well let's keep predicting a terrible future, gridlock in the village etc. Whatever they'd built on the Forest Court site would have lead to disruption. If it were flats public parking would have disappeared from the site completely. 26th November - not long before the workmen have gone.

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