Morrisons to open M Local store at Portishead Marina

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By Prue_Reid | Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 16:05

SUPERMARKET Morrisons has announced plans to open a store in Portishead.

Bosses at the retailer have revealed plans to open an M-Local  at a unit at Sixty8 The Marina.

The store would be part of the company's new M-Local convenience store and one of only a handful around the country.

No timescale has yet been set for the opening of the new store but it is anticipated it would create around 15 new jobs.

As part of the plans, half of the store would be given over to fresh food with a minimum of 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as a strong presence of fresh meat, fish and bakery.

Most of the fresh food will be prepared in larger, nearby Morrisons stores, with supermarket chiefs maintaining their fresh products will be between four and 11 per cent cheaper than other convenience stores.

Features in the new M-Local may include freshly ground coffee, a fresh orange juicer, a hot food to go counter and a salad.

It is also likely that the store will stock some locally produced products.

An application has now been submitted to North Somerset Council to allow the store to sell alcohol between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

A spokesman for Morrisons said: "It is still very early days.

"We can confirm that a licence application has been submitted and that the proposed store would be an M-Local - our convenience format.

"It is too soon in the process to set an opening date."

Morrisons, which has a store in Clevedon, is the latest in a long line of national food retailers to open in Portishead.

The town's Waitrose store opened in 2005 and Sainsbury's has been granted permission to open a new superstore on land at Serbert Way.

There is already a large Co-operative store at Wyndham Way plus an Iceland supermarket in the High Street.

Lidl opened a store at Harbour Road last year and Tesco is also planning to open an Express store in the redundant Royal Oak pub at West Hill this Spring, despite huge objections from local residents.

The town also has a number of smaller convenience stores such as Costcutters at West Hill and the Whitecott Stores.

Portishead councillor, Reyna Knight, who represents the marina, said: "As a town we are attracting a wide variety of retailers.

"The marina has seen massive redevelopment with thousands of new people moving in and the area needs facilities.

"This new store will hopefully reduce the need for people to get in their cars as it will be on their doorstep."



  • Profile image for jojomojomoto

    It is a good job The other website keeps copy's of the post ?

    By jojomojomoto at 22:10 on 24/01/13

  • Profile image for thurti365

    Dear CityClarky, your response at 22.43 yesterday to mine at 21.42 that same evening sadly seems irrelevant now because I fear my true and honest opinion of certain developers I don't think went down too well! Damned frustrating that sensible and polite debate is stifled which Jojo has also experienced. Perhaps Carol Deacon can send me an explanation please.

    By thurti365 at 21:56 on 24/01/13

  • Profile image for Three2One

    For what it's worth I think it's quite gracious of 'old residents' to be concerned about the lack of school places for the new residents. It's unlikely to be something that they are personally affected by unless they've moved to one of the new areas and so shows good community spirit.

    Where I think it breaks down is when people look back on the days of a coal-fired power station and toxic waste ground with rose-tinted glasses. The new developments have made the town safer, larger - yes, but have added or retained amenities that would probably have otherwise been lost. Think of the new library and the excellent leisure facilities - both suitable for a growing town, but I doubt would have been built/retained for the 'old village'.

    Times move on and there are plenty of real villages with an 'old-style' sense of community left in the area if people wish to move back to that style of living. I for one embrace the new Portishead and want to join together with both old and new residents to help drive the much needed improvements in the area.

    By Three2One at 09:34 on 24/01/13

  • Profile image for jojomojomoto

    The marina is a high density development, everybody knows that when they buy. This offers vibrancy and soon convenience! As per story I am sorry but even Barry Walters a Councillor on here admitted they got it wrong and blamed the Government saying they had to build it that way but that was not the case

    By jojomojomoto at 23:59 on 23/01/13

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    Thuri365; the marina is a high density development, everybody knows that when they buy. This offers vibrancy and soon convenience! As per story...

    Or you can move to a less dense development like charcome drive, where you have to drive 2 miles to buy a pint of milk, or even a pint of beer (excluding those who prefer to drink in the library, I mean the ship!

    We use to live in a very large house on the hill overlooking the channel, sorry estuary, and quite frankly, it's boring, nothing goes on..

    So people like different lifestyles and social settings and many like fantastic walks around the marina looking at a fantastic array of boats, rather than walking down memory lane where the recall a waste ground with a real pollution problem.

    Finally, there's always allotments for those who wish to live on with the war spirt and grow there own veg. However, I would rather buy it, and now have further choice. Fantastic.

    By CityClarky at 22:43 on 23/01/13

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