New Morrisons store and petrol station to be built in Verwood creating 50 jobs

Artist’s impression of the new Morrison’s store

Artist’s impression of the new Morrison’s store

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VERWOOD shoppers will be seeing double this autumn when they visit superstore Morrisons.

For at the Chiltern Drive site, there will be not one, but two branches of the supermarket standing side by side.

However, the older building will soon be torn down to make way for a new car park.

Harriet Rodgers, communications adviser for Morrisons, said: “The old store will be taken down completely, and we’re going to rebuild a brand new store and petrol station in the current car park.

“The older store will then become the new car park.”

But there will be no need for customers to go elsewhere during the redevelopment process.

Ms Rodgers said: “The new store will be built while the older one remains open.

“There is a car park adjacent to the site, so it means that there should be no problems or closures for our customers.”

The new build will cover 64,771 square feet – 34,799 sq ft larger than the existing building.

“The new store is expected to be complete this autumn,” said Ms Rodgers.

“Upon completion, the existing store will be demolished over three weeks. We have worked very closely with the community, local residents and the council on this project.”

And the redesign will even create new jobs for residents, with around 50 opportunities available.

Many of the available jobs will be in fresh food preparation, with new employees to be recruited for the deli, cake shop and a Fresh to Go takeaway area.

Positions will also be available at the new cafe.

The store’s general manager, Martin Rolfe, said: “We are searching for great people who would like to join us in our new Verwood store.

“We want to deliver more of what matters to Verwood customers when our store opens this autumn.”

An open day for anyone interested in applying for a job will take place at the site on June 23 from 4pm until 7pm, and from noon until 5.30pm on June 24 at The Hub on Brock Way in the town.

 

  • The supermarket expansion was made possible through the sale of Verwood Leisure Centre land to Morrisons.
    Money from the deal was poured into building a huge new health and fitness suite at The Hub, contributing to the building of a new sports hall at Emmanuel Middle School, and providing new sport pitches at Potterne Park.

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7:57am Wed 18 Jun 14

pac31 says...

Well done for Morrison. Such a shame that there is the only one and none in the Poole area. Far far to many tesco,s.
Well done for Morrison. Such a shame that there is the only one and none in the Poole area. Far far to many tesco,s. pac31
  • Score: 36

9:32am Wed 18 Jun 14

Afterhours says...

This so easily could have been a Christchurch store......shame on you "OUR" so called councillors ......looking after the interest of local people.......I don't think so !!!!
This so easily could have been a Christchurch store......shame on you "OUR" so called councillors ......looking after the interest of local people.......I don't think so !!!! Afterhours
  • Score: 11

9:44am Wed 18 Jun 14

delta3 says...

It will be amazing as we have watched it go up. Well done to everyone who helped secure this great development for Verwood and surrounding areas. Not a rubbish Tesco's in sight lol
It will be amazing as we have watched it go up. Well done to everyone who helped secure this great development for Verwood and surrounding areas. Not a rubbish Tesco's in sight lol delta3
  • Score: 20

10:19am Wed 18 Jun 14

TheDistrict says...

If the new Morrisons is anything like the one in Weymouth, we will be converted from other supermarkets to Morrisons. Should have been in Kinson really, instead of yet another Tescos
If the new Morrisons is anything like the one in Weymouth, we will be converted from other supermarkets to Morrisons. Should have been in Kinson really, instead of yet another Tescos TheDistrict
  • Score: 18

11:01am Wed 18 Jun 14

twynham says...

Afterhours wrote:
This so easily could have been a Christchurch store......shame on you "OUR" so called councillors ......looking after the interest of local people.......I don't think so !!!!
It was "local people" who didn't want an eighth supermarket in Christchurch attracting 70,000 car journeys a week who convinced council planning to object.
[quote][p][bold]Afterhours[/bold] wrote: This so easily could have been a Christchurch store......shame on you "OUR" so called councillors ......looking after the interest of local people.......I don't think so !!!![/p][/quote]It was "local people" who didn't want an eighth supermarket in Christchurch attracting 70,000 car journeys a week who convinced council planning to object. twynham
  • Score: 7

11:57am Wed 18 Jun 14

Lord Elpus says...

Disabled parking. So many 'improvements' but will disabled parking & trolley access improve?
Disabled parking. So many 'improvements' but will disabled parking & trolley access improve? Lord Elpus
  • Score: -8

4:02pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

Lord Elpus wrote:
Disabled parking. So many 'improvements' but will disabled parking & trolley access improve?
Hope not, getting tired of looking for parking spaces when there's hundreds of disabled spaces not being used.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Elpus[/bold] wrote: Disabled parking. So many 'improvements' but will disabled parking & trolley access improve?[/p][/quote]Hope not, getting tired of looking for parking spaces when there's hundreds of disabled spaces not being used. Hessenford
  • Score: 4

9:45pm Wed 18 Jun 14

MotorbikeSam says...

Lord Elpus wrote:
Disabled parking. So many 'improvements' but will disabled parking & trolley access improve?
I use morrisons verwood most days these 50 jobs will need to be paid for and according to Morrisons own figures they will need a 40% increase in customers
to pay for these new jobs unless of course the intend to sack their existing staff and take on new staff... Verwood only has so many customers and so much money to spend.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Elpus[/bold] wrote: Disabled parking. So many 'improvements' but will disabled parking & trolley access improve?[/p][/quote]I use morrisons verwood most days these 50 jobs will need to be paid for and according to Morrisons own figures they will need a 40% increase in customers to pay for these new jobs unless of course the intend to sack their existing staff and take on new staff... Verwood only has so many customers and so much money to spend. MotorbikeSam
  • Score: -2

10:42pm Wed 18 Jun 14

samjademiller says...

pac31 wrote:
Well done for Morrison. Such a shame that there is the only one and none in the Poole area. Far far to many tesco,s.
I was going to say the same thing why do we not have a Morrisons in Poole? I see all the adverts for things I would by but I'm not going to Verwood or Blandford it's to far bring a store to Poole please
[quote][p][bold]pac31[/bold] wrote: Well done for Morrison. Such a shame that there is the only one and none in the Poole area. Far far to many tesco,s.[/p][/quote]I was going to say the same thing why do we not have a Morrisons in Poole? I see all the adverts for things I would by but I'm not going to Verwood or Blandford it's to far bring a store to Poole please samjademiller
  • Score: 1

11:12pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Afterhours says...

twynham wrote:
Afterhours wrote:
This so easily could have been a Christchurch store......shame on you "OUR" so called councillors ......looking after the interest of local people.......I don't think so !!!!
It was "local people" who didn't want an eighth supermarket in Christchurch attracting 70,000 car journeys a week who convinced council planning to object.
So nothing to do with the greasing of palms re the Churchill development being built not far away from the site Morrison's wanted to develop.....and our very own carbuncle ......the town houses just finished down the road and up for sale at £300k......no dear councillors you want all the "luxury developments" but do not think of the hard working general public who deserve choices also.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afterhours[/bold] wrote: This so easily could have been a Christchurch store......shame on you "OUR" so called councillors ......looking after the interest of local people.......I don't think so !!!![/p][/quote]It was "local people" who didn't want an eighth supermarket in Christchurch attracting 70,000 car journeys a week who convinced council planning to object.[/p][/quote]So nothing to do with the greasing of palms re the Churchill development being built not far away from the site Morrison's wanted to develop.....and our very own carbuncle ......the town houses just finished down the road and up for sale at £300k......no dear councillors you want all the "luxury developments" but do not think of the hard working general public who deserve choices also. Afterhours
  • Score: -1

6:23am Thu 19 Jun 14

ShuttleX says...

twynham wrote:
Afterhours wrote:
This so easily could have been a Christchurch store......shame on you "OUR" so called councillors ......looking after the interest of local people.......I don't think so !!!!
It was "local people" who didn't want an eighth supermarket in Christchurch attracting 70,000 car journeys a week who convinced council planning to object.
Actually there were more people in favour of a Morrisons in Christchurch then against it. But it's not what you know, but who you know. Councillors only ever listen to the public, when they, the public, are saying exactly what the Councillors want to hear. There were three particular people, very well known in the businesses of Christchurch who were against the idea. As these people are also members of the same club as certain Councillors, why does it come as a surprise to anybody that the Council came down against the plan?. When you make decisions that are only to the benefit of your friends, that is corruption, pure and simple.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afterhours[/bold] wrote: This so easily could have been a Christchurch store......shame on you "OUR" so called councillors ......looking after the interest of local people.......I don't think so !!!![/p][/quote]It was "local people" who didn't want an eighth supermarket in Christchurch attracting 70,000 car journeys a week who convinced council planning to object.[/p][/quote]Actually there were more people in favour of a Morrisons in Christchurch then against it. But it's not what you know, but who you know. Councillors only ever listen to the public, when they, the public, are saying exactly what the Councillors want to hear. There were three particular people, very well known in the businesses of Christchurch who were against the idea. As these people are also members of the same club as certain Councillors, why does it come as a surprise to anybody that the Council came down against the plan?. When you make decisions that are only to the benefit of your friends, that is corruption, pure and simple. ShuttleX
  • Score: 2

1:00pm Thu 19 Jun 14

mouse66 says...

twynham wrote:
Afterhours wrote:
This so easily could have been a Christchurch store......shame on you "OUR" so called councillors ......looking after the interest of local people.......I don't think so !!!!
It was "local people" who didn't want an eighth supermarket in Christchurch attracting 70,000 car journeys a week who convinced council planning to object.
It was the cowardly Christchurch councillors capitulating to ASDA's blatant blackmail tactics. Because that Barrack Road ASDA won't cause a hint of extra congestion, will it?
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afterhours[/bold] wrote: This so easily could have been a Christchurch store......shame on you "OUR" so called councillors ......looking after the interest of local people.......I don't think so !!!![/p][/quote]It was "local people" who didn't want an eighth supermarket in Christchurch attracting 70,000 car journeys a week who convinced council planning to object.[/p][/quote]It was the cowardly Christchurch councillors capitulating to ASDA's blatant blackmail tactics. Because that Barrack Road ASDA won't cause a hint of extra congestion, will it? mouse66
  • Score: 1

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