The UK’s fourth largest food retailer, Morrisons is now well on the way to opening their first store at Fiveways Retail Park off Purley Way, Croydon later this year.
The company has said that the new store will provide for 300 full and part-time roles and opportunities for apprenticeships.
News of the store was first revealed in July 2010 when the company bought an 11.3-acre site in a deal with retail business Kingfisher. The acquisition followed the appointment of Helen Rainsford as head of acquisitions south, in a newly created role which sees her leading a team of development executives with the principle focus of expanding Morrisons presence in London and the South.
Speaking in 2010, Terry Hartwell, group property director, said of the site acquirement: “We are continuing to develop our portfolio of stores across the UK as we grow our business from national to nationwide. The acquisition of this site demonstrates our commitment to bid for and win key sites in London and the south east in pursuit of this strategy.”
Moving forward to the present Richard Haynes, development executive at Morrisons, said: “During our consultation we received some very positive feedback about opening a new store in Croydon. We are looking forward to opening later this year and are delighted to be in a position to offer 300 jobs in the store to local people with specialist training opportunities.”
Industrial and commercial roofing and cladding contractors Hadleigh Barbour were contracted to carry out the renewal of the roof and wall cladding. Speaking about their involvement Director, Lee Ayres said: “We first completely stripped the old roof and walls, taking the building back to its steel shell. We then restored the structure with a new modern insulated system which conforms to current building regulations. We have done a few stores with Morrisons now and they are a very important client for us.”
Brickwork specialist, J1 Construction provided all the masonry works on the project. The company has a had a long standing relationship with Morrisons and speaking about the new store, Director, James Boyd, said: “Work has progressed very well in Croydon, we have worked with Morrisons on a many projects and they are a fantastic client to work for.”
Hot on the heels of the new store in Purley Way, the company has also revealed plans to convert a former Jessops camera shop in the town centre into a mini store.
The North End Jessops store is one of seven bought by Morrisons after the camera company went bust.
Talking about the plans, a spokeswoman said: “We are excited to be bringing a Morrisons M local to North End and are pleased to be creating new permanent jobs for local people.”
The local store is expected to employ between 15 and 20 people and will concentrate on selling fresh products, including coffee, baked goods and a salad bar.
The Bradford-based company has already applied to Croydon Council for a licence to sell alcohol between 6am and midnight but has not given any indication as yet when the store will be opened.
Morrisons has over 400 stores in the UK and every week nine million customers and 132,000 members of staff pass through their doors. Uniquely, Morissons also source and process most of the fresh food that they sell and through their own manufacturing facilities it gives close control over provenance and quality.
For more information please visit: www.morrisons.co.uk.