Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Dorridge Sainsbury's open

A LONG-AWAITED Sainsbury’s store opened in Dorridge today.

Richard Perry with Olivia Canwell and Billie Arrol
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The development at the former
Forest Court opened at 9am.

It was opened by manager Richard Perry, Dorridge Junior School pupil Olivia Canwell and resident Dorris ‘Billie’ Arrol, 94.

She was invited because she has been a life-long customer of the supermarket while Olivia, eight, won a competition to design a “bag for life”.

The store has 180 parking spaces – free for up to two hours - accessed via Avenue Road and includes a café and non-food items like clothes and electrical equipment.

The firm said it had created 180 jobs and extended and refurbished the adjacent Dorridge Practice.

The development has six independent retail units which are, so far, Costa, Timpsons and Reflections kitchens and bathrooms.

In a press release, Mr Perry said: “It is a great honour to be managing such a fantastic new store and I have been delighted by all the positive local feedback already received. We look forward to serving local residents and really becoming part of the community.”

The store is open from 8am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

A 1,812sqm sales area plan was approved by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in November 2011 but Sainsbury’s last year said it would not start work in 2013 because of economic conditions.

It then won council permission to increase the sales area to 2,276sqm, some 26 per cent larger. A 2,462sqm plan was rejected in 2010.
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