‘New supermarket could create up to 300 jobs’

Published date: 31 January 2012 |
Published by: Andrew Boyd
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PLANS have been unveiled for a new supermarket near Wrexham which could create about 300 jobs if given the go-ahead.

Manchester-based development company Capital & Centric held its first consultation event yesterday on the planned supermarket for the Vauxhall Industrial Estate between Ruabon and Johnstown.

Members of the public were given the chance to share their views and to see plans for the ambitious 40,000 sq ft proposed development during the consultation event at Ruabon Village Hall.

The company anticipates as many as 300 jobs could be created through the development, with a large number filled by local residents.

It has yet to be confirmed which supermarket would be likely to move into the premises, but Capital & Centric anticipate it being a major name.

Company director Adam Higgins said feedback had been positive prior to yesterday’s event but they were keen to hear from more residents and discuss any concerns.

He said: “It appears people have been keen to see the creation of a supermarket in this area.

“We have also had positive discussions with the community councils of Ruabon and Rhos.”

Mr Higgins, who anticipates either Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s or Morrisons moving onto the site, hopes work could start early next year if planning permission is granted and public support is clear during the consultation.

The development has largely been welcomed in the Ruabon community, although some concerns have been voiced at the possible impact on village shops.

Carol Evans, a florist at Petals on New High Street, said: “I think the supermarket will hopefully be good and it is something the community had wanted. Hopefully we won’t be too badly affected by people going there to shop.”

A disused industrial building, which has been empty since 1999, would be bulldozed to make way for the new store.

There will be a further consultation event tomorrow at the Stiwt, Rhos, from 2pm-8pm.

Residents and businesses who are located close to the proposed development have been contacted by the company and encouraged to attend the consultation events.

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  1. Posted by: ILOVECURRY at 15:12 on 31 January 2012 Report

    300 jobs are very important to the locality,the bonus is its cheaper food than the local shops. I hope they get planning permission, its got to be better than what we have now.

  2. Posted by: mr katt at 15:56 on 31 January 2012 Report

    300 jobs at what cost to the local GROCER BUTCHER and NEWSAGENT..............

  3. Posted by: if-you-ask-me at 18:49 on 31 January 2012 Report

    There is already a supermarket further up the road from the industrial estate and now a new Tesco at Rhosymedre. Stupid idea.

  4. Posted by: becks at 22:29 on 31 January 2012 Report

    Great that another supermarket comeing to Johnstown. Meetings in Ruabon? Rhos? What about the residents in JOHNSTOWN?

  5. Posted by: becks at 22:36 on 31 January 2012 Report

    Just read comments, we need the jobs, and a new store, you have to look forward. Move on, Johnstown is a big lace andd we need more than the coop

  6. Posted by: becks at 22:40 on 31 January 2012 Report

    I agree with (i love curry) and where is the butchers in Johnstown?

  7. Posted by: becks at 22:44 on 31 January 2012 Report

    Please local store, local jobs plz

  8. Posted by: Y FFin at 23:22 on 31 January 2012 Report

    There's no denying a supermarket will bring extra choice for local shoppers. However, whether valuable employment land should be handed over for retail use is another matter. Surely we have greater ambitions than to stock shelves for multi-nationals, even if those ambitions are harder to achieve than planning permission for another supermarket?!

  9. Posted by: oh dear at 13:21 on 01 February 2012 Report

    a job is a job at the end of the day,no matter what its doing,the sainsburys application was knocked back ages ago!!the unit they are going to demolish has been empty for years!!

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