New supermarket would be a good thing for the area - salon business

Worcester News: (left to right) Samantha Lewis, salon owner Hayleigh Parrish and Emma Harris from Elvissa Hair and Beauty in Barbourne, Worcester who believe plans for a Sainsbury's Local store opposite their business is a good thing. (left to right) Samantha Lewis, salon owner Hayleigh Parrish and Emma Harris from Elvissa Hair and Beauty in Barbourne, Worcester who believe plans for a Sainsbury's Local store opposite their business is a good thing.

STAFF at a hair salon have hit back at opposition to plans for a new supermarket by launching a petition in support of the bid.

Sainsbury's wants to move into the old Intoto (corr) furniture store, in Barbourne Road, Worcester which, if approved, would create 20 full and part time jobs.

Some traders in the area have already raised concern over the planned development with bosses at family-run shop Costcutter on the same road saying their business has already been hit by the Co-operative store on nearby Ombersley Road, adding it could not compete with another shop.

But staff at Elvissa hair and beauty, opposite the planned Sainsbury's Local, believe the store would be a welcome addition.

"There is nothing else around here for us at the moment," said Sam Lewis, one of the three-strong team at the salon.

"We think it would bring more clients in because of it.

"But it would also be good for ourselves as there's nothing else around here apart from the Costcutter."

She said the petition was launched a week ago and was going "very well".

Gurdeep Singh, from the Costcutter store, told your Worcester News, however, that he wouldn't be supporting the Sainsbury's application.

"We're not happy at all - it's going to disrupt our business terribly," he said.

"It is not going to be good for business and a couple of the lads are looking for other jobs because it will affect us so badly.

"Sainsbury's have got such buying power we won't be able to compete with the prices."

A Sainsbury's spokesperson says the company is confident redevelopment of the two-storey building would be positive for the area.

“We are confident that a new Sainsbury’s Local will be a positive addition to the area, bringing genuine benefits to the community by creating around 20 full and part time jobs, increasing footfall and providing more shopping choice for local residents," said the spokesperson.

Representations can be made to Worcester City Council about the application by Thursday (March 6), and a decision on the store's future will be made by Thursday, March 27.

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11:01am Sat 1 Mar 14

gmoore1207 says...

yes it will be approved worcester councilors are in these peoples pockets if not tesco sainsburys money talks
yes it will be approved worcester councilors are in these peoples pockets if not tesco sainsburys money talks gmoore1207
  • Score: -13

11:04am Sat 1 Mar 14

truth must out says...

"We're not happy at all - it's going to disrupt our business terribly," he said.

"It is not going to be good for business and a couple of the lads are looking for other jobs because it will affect us so badly.

"Sainsbury's have got such buying power we won't be able to compete with the prices."

It's called competition, and I'm quite sure you can lower your exorbitant prices to compete.
"We're not happy at all - it's going to disrupt our business terribly," he said. "It is not going to be good for business and a couple of the lads are looking for other jobs because it will affect us so badly. "Sainsbury's have got such buying power we won't be able to compete with the prices." It's called competition, and I'm quite sure you can lower your exorbitant prices to compete. truth must out
  • Score: 13

11:32am Sat 1 Mar 14

liketoknow says...

it's competition, welcome to the real world.
it's competition, welcome to the real world. liketoknow
  • Score: 14

12:01pm Sat 1 Mar 14

georgecowleyfanclub says...

Don't you just love the community spirit?!
Don't you just love the community spirit?! georgecowleyfanclub
  • Score: 10

12:06pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

I would imagine that it takes quite a test to join the georgecowleyfanclub, is it by chance associated with IDIOTS R Us?
I would imagine that it takes quite a test to join the georgecowleyfanclub, is it by chance associated with IDIOTS R Us? Jabbadad
  • Score: -11

1:39pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Guy66 says...

Jabbadad wrote:
I would imagine that it takes quite a test to join the georgecowleyfanclub, is it by chance associated with IDIOTS R Us?
Get down for a scan I detect a complete attitude change sometimes brought on by a tumor!
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: I would imagine that it takes quite a test to join the georgecowleyfanclub, is it by chance associated with IDIOTS R Us?[/p][/quote]Get down for a scan I detect a complete attitude change sometimes brought on by a tumor! Guy66
  • Score: 6

2:38pm Sat 1 Mar 14

nicki1967 says...

@Jabbadad;;;There are already a few hair salons in that area. Competition is good for all businesses. I do agree about their hair though.
@Jabbadad;;;There are already a few hair salons in that area. Competition is good for all businesses. I do agree about their hair though. nicki1967
  • Score: 3

7:30pm Sat 1 Mar 14

worcestersfinest says...

Better quality food and probably cheaper, sorry costcutter, this is reality!
Better quality food and probably cheaper, sorry costcutter, this is reality! worcestersfinest
  • Score: 12

12:25pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

Guy666 it just might be a waste of time for you to have a brain scan, since I understand you have to have something to scan.
Guy666 it just might be a waste of time for you to have a brain scan, since I understand you have to have something to scan. Jabbadad
  • Score: -8

11:33pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Andy_R says...

There are over 1,700 Costcutter stores, so I find it hard to believe they don't have enough buying power to compete.
There are over 1,700 Costcutter stores, so I find it hard to believe they don't have enough buying power to compete. Andy_R
  • Score: 8

5:40pm Tue 4 Mar 14

crazy666 says...

@Jabbada @nicki1967 you clearly are useless individuals, if you had anything rolling around in your skull you would understand the advantages this has for peoples businesses that they work hard for.
To be honest if brains were considered as money you two would be a charity case.
@Jabbada @nicki1967 you clearly are useless individuals, if you had anything rolling around in your skull you would understand the advantages this has for peoples businesses that they work hard for. To be honest if brains were considered as money you two would be a charity case. crazy666
  • Score: 2

6:13pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

Oh thank you crazy666 Oh Sad ONe, you wouldn't be related to the other NERD 666 would you. Who also never has anything in the least sensible to say?.
Oh thank you crazy666 Oh Sad ONe, you wouldn't be related to the other NERD 666 would you. Who also never has anything in the least sensible to say?. Jabbadad
  • Score: 1

10:21pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Bufton Tufton says...

"Some traders in the area have already raised concern over the planned development with bosses at family-run shop Costcutter on the same road saying their business has already been hit by the Co-operative store on nearby Ombersley Road, adding it could not compete with another shop."

Or to put it another way, the family run Costcutter is not able to offer the public as good a deal or costcutter to the same extent as the existant Co-operative sore or the planned Sainsbury. In fact the competion will be good for the public because the Co-op and Sainsbury will compete against each other and drive prices down. This will be tough for Costcutter and I do feel sorry for them but that's the free-market for you.
"Some traders in the area have already raised concern over the planned development with bosses at family-run shop Costcutter on the same road saying their business has already been hit by the Co-operative store on nearby Ombersley Road, adding it could not compete with another shop." Or to put it another way, the family run Costcutter is not able to offer the public as good a deal or costcutter to the same extent as the existant Co-operative sore or the planned Sainsbury. In fact the competion will be good for the public because the Co-op and Sainsbury will compete against each other and drive prices down. This will be tough for Costcutter and I do feel sorry for them but that's the free-market for you. Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 4

10:47pm Thu 6 Mar 14

nicki1967 says...

crazy666 wrote:
@Jabbada @nicki1967 you clearly are useless individuals, if you had anything rolling around in your skull you would understand the advantages this has for peoples businesses that they work hard for.
To be honest if brains were considered as money you two would be a charity case.
Thank you for your insult. I have, however, noticed that you've not actually read my comment correctly. Perhaps you mean DISadvantages if, as I assume, you were disagreeing with me?
[quote][p][bold]crazy666[/bold] wrote: @Jabbada @nicki1967 you clearly are useless individuals, if you had anything rolling around in your skull you would understand the advantages this has for peoples businesses that they work hard for. To be honest if brains were considered as money you two would be a charity case.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your insult. I have, however, noticed that you've not actually read my comment correctly. Perhaps you mean DISadvantages if, as I assume, you were disagreeing with me? nicki1967
  • Score: 0

11:10am Fri 7 Mar 14

1twogo says...

Same old, same old... The Co-op was there a long time before Costcutter. Before Costcutter arrived the previous occupant was a local small grocers store, Brook Stores. There is nothing wrong with competition in this area with several hair salons, 2 funeral directors almost opposite each other and fast food outlets.
Perhaps if Sainsbury's come to Barbourne it will rejuvenate the area. Look at how many empty shops there are along Barbourne Road. Sainsbury's are offering 20 jobs and a safe place to park which might free up the bus stop further along by Costcutter whose customers frequently 'nip in' to the shops along that stretch.
We live in a competitive country, get over it!
Same old, same old... The Co-op was there a long time before Costcutter. Before Costcutter arrived the previous occupant was a local small grocers store, Brook Stores. There is nothing wrong with competition in this area with several hair salons, 2 funeral directors almost opposite each other and fast food outlets. Perhaps if Sainsbury's come to Barbourne it will rejuvenate the area. Look at how many empty shops there are along Barbourne Road. Sainsbury's are offering 20 jobs and a safe place to park which might free up the bus stop further along by Costcutter whose customers frequently 'nip in' to the shops along that stretch. We live in a competitive country, get over it! 1twogo
  • Score: 6

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