Penylan Morrisons expected to open in 2013

July 24, 2012 3 Comments »

An artist’s impression of the new Morrisons store on Newport Road.

Work on a new Morrisons store in Penylan will begin next year, with the new supermarket expected to open by the end of 2013.

Earlier this month, Cardiff Council approved plans for a 6,200 square meter store on the site of a former dairy and Amante Car showroom on Newport Road, bringing as estimated 300 jobs to the east of the city.

A spokesman for the supermarket chain said today that work on the new store is scheduled to begin in 2013, and completed towards the end of that year.

The supermarket chain said it was committed to recruiting for the 300 full and part time jobs from the local community, and particularly from people who are currently out of work.

Last year across all new Morrisons stores, the company said an average of 75% of its new staff were unemployed at the time.

It also trained 12,000 apprentices, and trained 100,000 current employees through its Fresh Food Academy.

Morrisons development executive, Robin Langford, said: “We are delighted to have secured approval to develop one of our new concept stores in Penylan. We are committed to developing local talent and we typically recruit around 75% of our new staff from within a three-mile radius of a new store. We make huge efforts to work with local employment agencies to offer jobs to people who are unemployed.

“In addition, our exciting new store formats have a real wow factor, incorporating the best innovations in fresh retail produce from the UK and the latest ideas from the US and Canada.”

Councillors spoke in support of the new development at a meeting of the council’s planning committee earlier this month, including Penylan ward member Councillor Bill Kelloway.

He said: “The most compelling argument for this is it will bring badly needed employment into the city at this very difficult time. It will provide something in the region of 300 jobs, but also employment created in the construction phase.”

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  1. Vicky Taylor July 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Hmm, new Morrisons all well and good, but Newport Road at that point gets jammed up enough already! Are they going to re-do the junction?

    • TP2 July 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      The junction will be upgraded as part of the scheme.

      • James March 10, 2013 at 9:52 am - Reply

        Are there any plans of the new road changes and how it will effect the local businesses

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