Controversial Co-op store opens in Christchurch after fight from traders

Bournemouth Echo: CELEBRATION:  Co-op manager Richard Gallop with staff and children CELEBRATION: Co-op manager Richard Gallop with staff and children

A CONTROVERSIAL new Co-operative food store has opened in Christchurch, with the owners pledging to “support the area’s community spirit.”

The Co-op has been built on the site of the former Fairmile pub and sparked objections from local traders and residents, who claimed it could put local shops out of business and increase traffic congestion.

But the new £750,000 store did not need planning permission and was opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday.

Children from Christchurch Infant School joined manager Richard Gallop at the launch.

The store has created 18 jobs and includes an in-store bakery, fresh produce, ready meals, pizzas, beers, wines and spirits.

Staff are being trained to give advice and help inspire customers with meal ideas.

Mr Gallop said: “Local residents are passionate about food and we are delighted to be creating a shopping experience to take this into account, providing ideas whatever time of day they visit.

“As a co-operative, the store will support the area’s community spirit. Customers will be able to find out what is going on locally and learn about the Co-op’s Community Fund.”

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6:56pm Sat 7 Jun 14

trolley says...

Local people are passionate about food? nauseating nonsense.
The co op are passionate about zero hour minimum wage contracts
Local people are passionate about food? nauseating nonsense. The co op are passionate about zero hour minimum wage contracts trolley
  • Score: 17

8:00pm Sat 7 Jun 14

grange47 says...

In what way will the store support the area's community spirit ? This is just weasel words in my opinion. The fact is that they threaten the viability of several local community shops - Shops that aren't backed by a large supermarket chain. For what it's worth, I won't be shopping there.
In what way will the store support the area's community spirit ? This is just weasel words in my opinion. The fact is that they threaten the viability of several local community shops - Shops that aren't backed by a large supermarket chain. For what it's worth, I won't be shopping there. grange47
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8:01pm Sat 7 Jun 14

yasinac says...

Well with Nikki previously of Serendipity Sams in that picture at least they have employed personable staff with a high priority on great customer service. That has to be a good start.
Well with Nikki previously of Serendipity Sams in that picture at least they have employed personable staff with a high priority on great customer service. That has to be a good start. yasinac
  • Score: 5

8:35pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Bournemouthfan2 says...

The other local shops wont be put of business if they are good enough to retain their customers, if they aren't good enough to survive then too bad. Retail really is survival of the fittest and no one but the customer decides which shop they step in to.
The other local shops wont be put of business if they are good enough to retain their customers, if they aren't good enough to survive then too bad. Retail really is survival of the fittest and no one but the customer decides which shop they step in to. Bournemouthfan2
  • Score: 5

9:03pm Sat 7 Jun 14

grange47 says...

Bournemouthfan2 wrote:
The other local shops wont be put of business if they are good enough to retain their customers, if they aren't good enough to survive then too bad. Retail really is survival of the fittest and no one but the customer decides which shop they step in to.
It's not a question of being good enough. How can a local, community shop compete on prices against a large Supermarket chain ? Answer : they can't. the cards are unfairly stacked against them however good their customer service is.
[quote][p][bold]Bournemouthfan2[/bold] wrote: The other local shops wont be put of business if they are good enough to retain their customers, if they aren't good enough to survive then too bad. Retail really is survival of the fittest and no one but the customer decides which shop they step in to.[/p][/quote]It's not a question of being good enough. How can a local, community shop compete on prices against a large Supermarket chain ? Answer : they can't. the cards are unfairly stacked against them however good their customer service is. grange47
  • Score: 8

9:32pm Sat 7 Jun 14

billy bumble says...

Well at least when you tender your money it will be rung up - not like one of the local shops which may or may not be going out of business
Well at least when you tender your money it will be rung up - not like one of the local shops which may or may not be going out of business billy bumble
  • Score: 0

10:02pm Sat 7 Jun 14

twynham says...

I can certainly see it being a death knell for a couple of shops and make the work of the best off license in Christchurch that much harder.
I am more concerned that pubcos aided and abetted by supermarkets can close a local pub (albeit not the best but that was in most part due to the brewery consciously running it down) and change it from A4 to A1 use with such ease and with no need to refer to the local council planning other than building alterations.
Whole swathes of the country are losing their local pub which inevitably leads to the demise of local shops.
I was at the Miramar Hotel for a wedding yesterday and overheard a conversation in the bar between two guests who had been joined by a local friend, for the whole time I was at the bar, and their not quick at the Miramar, their conversation consisted of how far they each lived respectively from various supermarkets, not that long ago it would have been comparing various local pubs.
Thank a bloody lot Enterprise Inns, Co-Op et al!
I can certainly see it being a death knell for a couple of shops and make the work of the best off license in Christchurch that much harder. I am more concerned that pubcos aided and abetted by supermarkets can close a local pub (albeit not the best but that was in most part due to the brewery consciously running it down) and change it from A4 to A1 use with such ease and with no need to refer to the local council planning other than building alterations. Whole swathes of the country are losing their local pub which inevitably leads to the demise of local shops. I was at the Miramar Hotel for a wedding yesterday and overheard a conversation in the bar between two guests who had been joined by a local friend, for the whole time I was at the bar, and their not quick at the Miramar, their conversation consisted of how far they each lived respectively from various supermarkets, not that long ago it would have been comparing various local pubs. Thank a bloody lot Enterprise Inns, Co-Op et al! twynham
  • Score: 3

10:11pm Sat 7 Jun 14

M Clarke says...

What utter piffle from the Coop. I for one will not be supporting the new Coop but will continue to support the local shops and I hope other local people will to.
What utter piffle from the Coop. I for one will not be supporting the new Coop but will continue to support the local shops and I hope other local people will to. M Clarke
  • Score: 4

10:25pm Sat 7 Jun 14

tim m says...

Chain stores don't put small shops out of business, the customers who switch from the small shops to the large stores do. No one forces them to do so.

At least it's an overpriced Co-op, and not an Aldi. Can you imagine the complaints then? They might even drown out the sound of the grumblers looking for the pound to release the shopping trolley.
Chain stores don't put small shops out of business, the customers who switch from the small shops to the large stores do. No one forces them to do so. At least it's an overpriced Co-op, and not an Aldi. Can you imagine the complaints then? They might even drown out the sound of the grumblers looking for the pound to release the shopping trolley. tim m
  • Score: 6

11:22pm Sat 7 Jun 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

grange47 wrote:
Bournemouthfan2 wrote:
The other local shops wont be put of business if they are good enough to retain their customers, if they aren't good enough to survive then too bad. Retail really is survival of the fittest and no one but the customer decides which shop they step in to.
It's not a question of being good enough. How can a local, community shop compete on prices against a large Supermarket chain ? Answer : they can't. the cards are unfairly stacked against them however good their customer service is.
So we all pay more to support one family's business? In a recession people want choice and competition. Great news Co Op
[quote][p][bold]grange47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bournemouthfan2[/bold] wrote: The other local shops wont be put of business if they are good enough to retain their customers, if they aren't good enough to survive then too bad. Retail really is survival of the fittest and no one but the customer decides which shop they step in to.[/p][/quote]It's not a question of being good enough. How can a local, community shop compete on prices against a large Supermarket chain ? Answer : they can't. the cards are unfairly stacked against them however good their customer service is.[/p][/quote]So we all pay more to support one family's business? In a recession people want choice and competition. Great news Co Op HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 1

11:30pm Sat 7 Jun 14

wadjit says...

The co-op just isn't a very good shop when compared to other supermarkets.
The co-op just isn't a very good shop when compared to other supermarkets. wadjit
  • Score: 5

11:31pm Sat 7 Jun 14

wadjit says...

tim m wrote:
Chain stores don't put small shops out of business, the customers who switch from the small shops to the large stores do. No one forces them to do so.

At least it's an overpriced Co-op, and not an Aldi. Can you imagine the complaints then? They might even drown out the sound of the grumblers looking for the pound to release the shopping trolley.
Agreed
[quote][p][bold]tim m[/bold] wrote: Chain stores don't put small shops out of business, the customers who switch from the small shops to the large stores do. No one forces them to do so. At least it's an overpriced Co-op, and not an Aldi. Can you imagine the complaints then? They might even drown out the sound of the grumblers looking for the pound to release the shopping trolley.[/p][/quote]Agreed wadjit
  • Score: 1

8:00am Sun 8 Jun 14

crazybird says...

Many people (me included) will shop wherever has the most competitive prices. If that happens to be the new Co-op store then shame on the other little stores for trying to rip people off! It's a bit like the petrol station next door - their prices are incredibly high because they are the only one along the Fairmile :(
Many people (me included) will shop wherever has the most competitive prices. If that happens to be the new Co-op store then shame on the other little stores for trying to rip people off! It's a bit like the petrol station next door - their prices are incredibly high because they are the only one along the Fairmile :( crazybird
  • Score: 4

11:43am Sun 8 Jun 14

Buzetti says...

If you are a 'convenience store hater', there is an easy answer - don't shop there!
Simples
If you are a 'convenience store hater', there is an easy answer - don't shop there! Simples Buzetti
  • Score: 2

5:45pm Sun 8 Jun 14

grumpy om says...

what a sad sight another local pub lost to the greedy supermarket chains,there is now only one pub out of five left between the end of the grove and christchurch roundabout.
what a sad sight another local pub lost to the greedy supermarket chains,there is now only one pub out of five left between the end of the grove and christchurch roundabout. grumpy om
  • Score: 5

7:31pm Sun 8 Jun 14

GeorgeW64 says...

Good to see Fairmile catching up with the rest of the modern world at last, just a shame that a perfectly good pub had to close to make it happen.
It was a great pub back in the day.
Good to see Fairmile catching up with the rest of the modern world at last, just a shame that a perfectly good pub had to close to make it happen. It was a great pub back in the day. GeorgeW64
  • Score: -1

9:43am Mon 9 Jun 14

forest-dweller says...

Not an area I know hugely well, but AFAIK there is one convenience store a few yards up the road that will be affected and that's about it. Is that really a problem? Convenience stores aren't some sort of artisanal shop that is going to be missed - they go to the local cash & carry and buy the goods with the biggest mark up. Their products are even worse than Co-Op's.
Not an area I know hugely well, but AFAIK there is one convenience store a few yards up the road that will be affected and that's about it. Is that really a problem? Convenience stores aren't some sort of artisanal shop that is going to be missed - they go to the local cash & carry and buy the goods with the biggest mark up. Their products are even worse than Co-Op's. forest-dweller
  • Score: 0

11:23am Mon 9 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

Co-op are massively expensive compared to say Tesco or Sainsbury, so it probably won't affect other shops much anyway. You'd save the bus fare or petrol shopping elsewhere!
Co-op are massively expensive compared to say Tesco or Sainsbury, so it probably won't affect other shops much anyway. You'd save the bus fare or petrol shopping elsewhere! speedy231278
  • Score: 1

9:26am Tue 10 Jun 14

nickster says...

Mr Gallop said: “Local residents are passionate about food and we are delighted to be creating a shopping experience to take this into account, providing ideas whatever time of day they visit"

And if that's the case they'll go to Waitrose, not your processed packaged over priced garbage.
Mr Gallop said: “Local residents are passionate about food and we are delighted to be creating a shopping experience to take this into account, providing ideas whatever time of day they visit" And if that's the case they'll go to Waitrose, not your processed packaged over priced garbage. nickster
  • Score: 2

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