Town gets two new stores on same day

Town gets two new stores on same day

Morrisons opens its doors in Leigh

New store greets customers in Southend

First published in News

SHOPPERS in Southend and Leigh will benefit from two new convenience stores.

Supermarket chain Morrisons opened the Morrisons M Local stores in Southend High Street and London Road, Leigh on Monday.

The supermarket believes it has spotted a gap in the market for a store that offers more fresh food, rather than just tins and toiletries, so locals can cook meals from scratch.

The Southend store, in the former Currys building, was officially opened by five-year-old Ruby Truter-Banks, who presented manager Hayley Wilson with a picture of the store.

Hayley said: “We’re looking forward to bringing Morrisons M local to Southend and being at the heart of the community.

“We’ve already spoken to businesses and community groups.

We want our store to be a hub for local people and events.”

The Leigh store, a former County Interiors shop, was opened by seven-year-old Ella Barden, who suffers from a rare and fatal condition called Cockayne syndrome, which leads to premature ageing.

Store manager Kieran Forrester said: “I’d like to thank Ella for coming to open the store – she’s a real inspiration to us all.”

Both stores will feature a “food to go” section, where customers can pick up fresh coffee and pastries, and the Southend store will also sell hot food and have a full salad bar.

Housewife Tina Ghazali, 54, of Candy Terrace, Southend, said: “The stores are a good addition to the area. I’ll use the Southend one quite a lot. It’s handy to have a Morrisons nearby and there’s a fair selection of fresh food, which is important. I think it will do well.”

Retired Stephen Brown, 62, of Alexandra Road, Southend, said of the Southend store: “I’ll definitely use it – it’s in an ideal position.

I’d rather see a lottery outlet, but I’m happy to see it here. I usually use Sainsbury’s for a big shop, but I’ll use this one instead now.”

Shopper and barmaid Liz Warner, 50, of Glenwood Avenue, Westcliff, said: “It’s very busy.

The staff are friendly. Tesco seems to have taken over everywhere, so it’s nice to see a Morrisons.

“If I’m in Leigh or Southend, I’ll definitely go there.

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7:13am Wed 22 Jan 14

leighman says...

News...No
Advertisement..Yes.
News...No Advertisement..Yes. leighman
  • Score: 15

7:36am Wed 22 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

leighman wrote:
News...No
Advertisement..Yes.
well sort of as everyone knew already so who is the news for, but at least Ruby gets mentioned and little Ella gets a photo which i am sure she is thrilled about so it balances out.
[quote][p][bold]leighman[/bold] wrote: News...No Advertisement..Yes.[/p][/quote]well sort of as everyone knew already so who is the news for, but at least Ruby gets mentioned and little Ella gets a photo which i am sure she is thrilled about so it balances out. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 26

8:14am Wed 22 Jan 14

leighman says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
leighman wrote: News...No Advertisement..Yes.
well sort of as everyone knew already so who is the news for, but at least Ruby gets mentioned and little Ella gets a photo which i am sure she is thrilled about so it balances out.
Fair play.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]leighman[/bold] wrote: News...No Advertisement..Yes.[/p][/quote]well sort of as everyone knew already so who is the news for, but at least Ruby gets mentioned and little Ella gets a photo which i am sure she is thrilled about so it balances out.[/p][/quote]Fair play. leighman
  • Score: 11

9:02am Wed 22 Jan 14

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

Another one is opening in Rochford soon! Morrissons the new Tesco!
Another one is opening in Rochford soon! Morrissons the new Tesco! Alice in Her Own Land :P
  • Score: 8

10:23am Wed 22 Jan 14

lucy10 says...

Alice in Her Own Land :P wrote:
Another one is opening in Rochford soon! Morrissons the new Tesco!
one stop opening in southchurch road soon. good bye little shops
[quote][p][bold]Alice in Her Own Land :P[/bold] wrote: Another one is opening in Rochford soon! Morrissons the new Tesco![/p][/quote]one stop opening in southchurch road soon. good bye little shops lucy10
  • Score: 6

11:34am Wed 22 Jan 14

I See It All says...

'The supermarket believes it has spotted a gap in the market' The gap Morrissons spotted was the one between the Tesco in the garage at Thames Drive and the Sainsburys next to the old sorting office.

Continuing along London Road I suppose they could have gone between Waitrose, Iceland, Tesco (again), Aldi, Tesco(againagain), and the proposed Sainsburys in the Bathroom place.

Now someone wont be making much of a profit.
'The supermarket believes it has spotted a gap in the market' The gap Morrissons spotted was the one between the Tesco in the garage at Thames Drive and the Sainsburys next to the old sorting office. Continuing along London Road I suppose they could have gone between Waitrose, Iceland, Tesco (again), Aldi, Tesco(againagain), and the proposed Sainsburys in the Bathroom place. Now someone wont be making much of a profit. I See It All
  • Score: 3

5:20pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Been there got the T shirt says...

Gives some good old, long overdue competition, to the small corner rip offeries.
Gives some good old, long overdue competition, to the small corner rip offeries. Been there got the T shirt
  • Score: 3

5:53pm Thu 23 Jan 14

runwellian says...

lucy10 wrote:
Alice in Her Own Land :P wrote:
Another one is opening in Rochford soon! Morrissons the new Tesco!
one stop opening in southchurch road soon. good bye little shops
Far cheaper than Tesco's I can assure you, and the staff were not rude!
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alice in Her Own Land :P[/bold] wrote: Another one is opening in Rochford soon! Morrissons the new Tesco![/p][/quote]one stop opening in southchurch road soon. good bye little shops[/p][/quote]Far cheaper than Tesco's I can assure you, and the staff were not rude! runwellian
  • Score: 0

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