Tesco claims new Kinson store to ‘inject millions of pounds’ to area’s economy

CONSTRUCTION: The building site in Kinson set to be a Tesco store by Christmas

CONSTRUCTION: The building site in Kinson set to be a Tesco store by Christmas

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TESCO says its new store at Kinson will inject millions of pounds a year into the area’s economy.

Work on the site of the former shopping arcade at Wimborne Road is gathering pace, with the first phase nearing its completion.

June and July will see construction of the 20,000sqft store begin, with the fit-out starting in September.

Speaking to the Daily Echo on-site, Sophie Akokhia, Tesco corporate affairs manager, said: “The five business units – which are part of the new development – will also start in July, with a view to opening at Christmas along with the store.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in those as well from national names.”

There have been traffic hold-ups in recent weeks because of roadworks associated with the development, which has caused frustration in the area.

Sophie said Tesco was looking at ways to minimise the disruption of future phases, while business leaders like Ramesh Lal, chairman of Kinson Business Forum, say the short-term pain will be worth the long-term gain.

As previously reported in the Daily Echo, Tesco plans to offer 120 jobs at the store, with those in long-term unemployment being guaranteed an interview.

“That should mean a contribution of £1 million a year through wages into the local economy,” said Sophie.

She added that it was predicted that other businesses would benefit from £1.7 million a year in spin-off trade.

“We think it’s going to be a big boost for Kinson and encourage people to shop locally.

“I think the last research showed that 10 per cent of people in Kinson did their main food shop here,” Sophie said.

Ramesh added: “There’s always going to be some anxiety, but overall it’s very positive. The traders really do feel that it’s going to kick-start the area and adjoining areas too.

“I think the general feeling is that Tesco will become a focus for the whole area. The residents and businesses expect this will be a catalyst for the regeneration of Kinson.”

Sophie said: “We recognise the benefits of investing in Kinson and that investment will be close to £20 million. We’ve seen elsewhere that it can kick-start other investment and be a catalyst.”

Opening hours have yet to be decided, but Sophie said the store would not be open 24 hours.

Kinson traders support Tesco’s impact on economy

TRADERS voiced their support for the new Tesco store at a meeting organised by the Kinson Business Forum (KBF).

More than 50 businesspeople and residents met at the Conservative Club to hear about the latest developments and ask questions about the scheme.

Throughout the meeting residents spoke of their strong support for the store and the “exciting opportunities” it would bring to the area.

Some concerns were raised about traffic during the build to which Sophie Akokhia, Tesco corporate affairs manager, assured residents a phased scheme will be implemented in an attempt to minimise disruption.

Dean Walsh, from the developers Vinci, said the scheme would also include safety improvements to Wimborne Road following an incident in March where two young boys were involved in a collision with a car.

He said: “We will be improving the island in the middle. Behind the scenes we have been looking into things like this.”

Richard Miklaszewicz, owner of the Flooring Factory, received a round of applause after saying the removal of the shopping arcade had already improved Kinson by 200 per cent.

He added: “You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

“As long as people have got some idea of the schedule of the works I think most people are happy with the way things are going.”

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2:52pm Fri 9 May 14

G from Kinson says...

Good to see some positive remarks from the traders.Can only be good for Kinson in the long term!
Can't wait to see it completed !
Good to see some positive remarks from the traders.Can only be good for Kinson in the long term! Can't wait to see it completed ! G from Kinson
  • Score: 6

2:52pm Fri 9 May 14

MrDMan says...

£1,000,000 in wages for the 120 staff....? That's an AVERAGE of £8333.33.

Obviously there will be people on part time hours, but that doesn't seem a very high average? I doubt you could sustain yourself on that, let alone any dependents!
£1,000,000 in wages for the 120 staff....? That's an AVERAGE of £8333.33. Obviously there will be people on part time hours, but that doesn't seem a very high average? I doubt you could sustain yourself on that, let alone any dependents! MrDMan
  • Score: 10

3:54pm Fri 9 May 14

typ nowhere says...

MrDMan wrote:
£1,000,000 in wages for the 120 staff....? That's an AVERAGE of £8333.33.

Obviously there will be people on part time hours, but that doesn't seem a very high average? I doubt you could sustain yourself on that, let alone any dependents!
If you work 40hrs week on the minimum wage you would earn just over 13100 per year.
[quote][p][bold]MrDMan[/bold] wrote: £1,000,000 in wages for the 120 staff....? That's an AVERAGE of £8333.33. Obviously there will be people on part time hours, but that doesn't seem a very high average? I doubt you could sustain yourself on that, let alone any dependents![/p][/quote]If you work 40hrs week on the minimum wage you would earn just over 13100 per year. typ nowhere
  • Score: 3

4:33pm Fri 9 May 14

Mike Pickering says...

I may have this wrong, but isn't Tesco looking to put a store here to extract money, as profit, from local people, by selling them items at a price greater than the total of the cost to them, plus the operating costs necessary to be able to get it to the store ?
If I were a Tesco shareholder, I would be unhappy to learn that - as a reversal of the principles enshrined by Mssrs TE Stockwell and Cohen, all those years ago, Tesco was now a philanthropic organisation that happens to also sell groceries.
I may have this wrong, but isn't Tesco looking to put a store here to extract money, as profit, from local people, by selling them items at a price greater than the total of the cost to them, plus the operating costs necessary to be able to get it to the store ? If I were a Tesco shareholder, I would be unhappy to learn that - as a reversal of the principles enshrined by Mssrs TE Stockwell and Cohen, all those years ago, Tesco was now a philanthropic organisation that happens to also sell groceries. Mike Pickering
  • Score: 2

4:34pm Fri 9 May 14

MrDMan says...

typ nowhere wrote:
MrDMan wrote:
£1,000,000 in wages for the 120 staff....? That's an AVERAGE of £8333.33.

Obviously there will be people on part time hours, but that doesn't seem a very high average? I doubt you could sustain yourself on that, let alone any dependents!
If you work 40hrs week on the minimum wage you would earn just over 13100 per year.
Ouch.
I suppose it's not people doing that as a career though is it. It's often people looking to boost the income of a household, or students etc.
[quote][p][bold]typ nowhere[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrDMan[/bold] wrote: £1,000,000 in wages for the 120 staff....? That's an AVERAGE of £8333.33. Obviously there will be people on part time hours, but that doesn't seem a very high average? I doubt you could sustain yourself on that, let alone any dependents![/p][/quote]If you work 40hrs week on the minimum wage you would earn just over 13100 per year.[/p][/quote]Ouch. I suppose it's not people doing that as a career though is it. It's often people looking to boost the income of a household, or students etc. MrDMan
  • Score: 0

5:05pm Fri 9 May 14

pete woodley says...

If poor wages are paid,then thats why service is bad especially at the big one on castle lane.
If poor wages are paid,then thats why service is bad especially at the big one on castle lane. pete woodley
  • Score: -2

6:04pm Fri 9 May 14

old duffa says...

this will make kinson
few shops on edges need knocking down or converted
centralise all the shopping area
few trees,cycle paths and crossings,parking
new kinson village here we go
think positive
this will make kinson few shops on edges need knocking down or converted centralise all the shopping area few trees,cycle paths and crossings,parking new kinson village here we go think positive old duffa
  • Score: 3

7:00pm Fri 9 May 14

Hessenford says...

That shopping parade looks better now than it did before.
That shopping parade looks better now than it did before. Hessenford
  • Score: 5

8:09pm Fri 9 May 14

Controversial But True says...

typ nowhere wrote:
MrDMan wrote:
£1,000,000 in wages for the 120 staff....? That's an AVERAGE of £8333.33.

Obviously there will be people on part time hours, but that doesn't seem a very high average? I doubt you could sustain yourself on that, let alone any dependents!
If you work 40hrs week on the minimum wage you would earn just over 13100 per year.
Every little helps!
[quote][p][bold]typ nowhere[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrDMan[/bold] wrote: £1,000,000 in wages for the 120 staff....? That's an AVERAGE of £8333.33. Obviously there will be people on part time hours, but that doesn't seem a very high average? I doubt you could sustain yourself on that, let alone any dependents![/p][/quote]If you work 40hrs week on the minimum wage you would earn just over 13100 per year.[/p][/quote]Every little helps! Controversial But True
  • Score: 1

3:24am Sat 10 May 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

Mike Pickering wrote:
I may have this wrong, but isn't Tesco looking to put a store here to extract money, as profit, from local people, by selling them items at a price greater than the total of the cost to them, plus the operating costs necessary to be able to get it to the store ? If I were a Tesco shareholder, I would be unhappy to learn that - as a reversal of the principles enshrined by Mssrs TE Stockwell and Cohen, all those years ago, Tesco was now a philanthropic organisation that happens to also sell groceries.
yeah mate, it's called a business. Can't remember when Tesco was last a charity.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Pickering[/bold] wrote: I may have this wrong, but isn't Tesco looking to put a store here to extract money, as profit, from local people, by selling them items at a price greater than the total of the cost to them, plus the operating costs necessary to be able to get it to the store ? If I were a Tesco shareholder, I would be unhappy to learn that - as a reversal of the principles enshrined by Mssrs TE Stockwell and Cohen, all those years ago, Tesco was now a philanthropic organisation that happens to also sell groceries.[/p][/quote]yeah mate, it's called a business. Can't remember when Tesco was last a charity. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 7

7:53am Sat 10 May 14

djd says...

Will be interesting to see what other businesses will go into the shopping parade next to Tesco. Is there anything that Tesco doesn't sell?
If a trader goes in selling anything that Tesco does, they will just cut their prices until he goes out of business and then hick the prices back up once the competition has gone.
Will be interesting to see what other businesses will go into the shopping parade next to Tesco. Is there anything that Tesco doesn't sell? If a trader goes in selling anything that Tesco does, they will just cut their prices until he goes out of business and then hick the prices back up once the competition has gone. djd
  • Score: 2

8:24am Sat 10 May 14

pete woodley says...

djd wrote:
Will be interesting to see what other businesses will go into the shopping parade next to Tesco. Is there anything that Tesco doesn't sell?
If a trader goes in selling anything that Tesco does, they will just cut their prices until he goes out of business and then hick the prices back up once the competition has gone.
Having had a few shops in the past,i think your comment is correct,i cannot see some of the smaller shops surviving,Tescos having a big car park,will not stop motorists wanting to park out on the roads,where it is safer than a car park ,and not likely to have it damaged by trolley pushers,and car doors slammed open.Tesco's and some of the other big names have been putting small shops out of business for years,they keep their costs down not only by bulk buying,but low wages.
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: Will be interesting to see what other businesses will go into the shopping parade next to Tesco. Is there anything that Tesco doesn't sell? If a trader goes in selling anything that Tesco does, they will just cut their prices until he goes out of business and then hick the prices back up once the competition has gone.[/p][/quote]Having had a few shops in the past,i think your comment is correct,i cannot see some of the smaller shops surviving,Tescos having a big car park,will not stop motorists wanting to park out on the roads,where it is safer than a car park ,and not likely to have it damaged by trolley pushers,and car doors slammed open.Tesco's and some of the other big names have been putting small shops out of business for years,they keep their costs down not only by bulk buying,but low wages. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

8:40am Sat 10 May 14

O'Really says...

Obviously exactly the opposite of the headline is true.
Swap 'inject' for 'extract.
Obviously exactly the opposite of the headline is true. Swap 'inject' for 'extract. O'Really
  • Score: 2

10:20am Sat 10 May 14

G from Kinson says...

djd wrote:
Will be interesting to see what other businesses will go into the shopping parade next to Tesco. Is there anything that Tesco doesn't sell?
If a trader goes in selling anything that Tesco does, they will just cut their prices until he goes out of business and then hick the prices back up once the competition has gone.
Have you visited Ferndown recently?
Quite a few small businesses close by Tesco !! Superdrug seem to be coping as well as the health food shop!
Kinson has already got furniture shops,pet shops,specialist cake shop,bookies, lots of hairdressers and charity shops and I bet there are more queuing up to take on the new premises!
I go by what the traders are saying..not anti Tesco comment.
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: Will be interesting to see what other businesses will go into the shopping parade next to Tesco. Is there anything that Tesco doesn't sell? If a trader goes in selling anything that Tesco does, they will just cut their prices until he goes out of business and then hick the prices back up once the competition has gone.[/p][/quote]Have you visited Ferndown recently? Quite a few small businesses close by Tesco !! Superdrug seem to be coping as well as the health food shop! Kinson has already got furniture shops,pet shops,specialist cake shop,bookies, lots of hairdressers and charity shops and I bet there are more queuing up to take on the new premises! I go by what the traders are saying..not anti Tesco comment. G from Kinson
  • Score: 1

11:17am Sat 10 May 14

Gordon Cann says...

Perhaps when all this is completed ,or even before ,a few hanging baskets, complete with plants and flowers, and even some mature trees, can be planted not only to brighten up the area but to remind ourselves that there are values other than those generated by supermarkets.
Perhaps when all this is completed ,or even before ,a few hanging baskets, complete with plants and flowers, and even some mature trees, can be planted not only to brighten up the area but to remind ourselves that there are values other than those generated by supermarkets. Gordon Cann
  • Score: 5

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