The Co-operative has announced it will open new stores in Llandaff North and Cardiff Bay, just days after rubbishing suggestions it was opening a new outlet in Pontcanna.
The supermarket chain is planning to open a new 2,000 square foot store on Pierhead Street in Cardiff Bay in December this year, while its Llandaff North store will be doubled in size to 2,500 square feet as part of a relocation on Station Road in 2013.
A spokeswoman for the firm said the new stores would create around 12 new jobs, as well as protecting 14 existing jobs at the Llandaff North shop.
Julian Pugh, operations manager for the Co-operative Food in Cardiff, said: “This investment in Cardiff will certainly see an enhanced service for the local community and the new stores will be packed with modern and interesting meal ideas reflecting local people’s love of good food.
“We look forward to welcoming customers into our Pierhead Street store before the end of the year, and into our improved store for Llandaff North in 2013.”
Last week, the Co-operative issued a statement denying that it was planning to open a store in the former Pontacanna Pine warehouse on King’s Road in Canton, after developer Chris Voyle submitted documents to Cardiff Council saying Co-op would be the “named operator” for the site.
But the Co-op insisted it has “no intention” of opening a food store in the Pontcanna Pine warehouse, and sent a representative to a public meeting to reassure residents.
People living in Pontcanna are opposed to a new supermarket on the warehouse site because of concerns about increased traffic problems in the area, and the damage it could cause to independent retailers.
When Mr Voyle was asked about the Co-op’s comments last week, he said: “I was not present at the public meeting and have not spoken with the Co-op in respect of any comments and have no wish to enter into a debate in the press on this issue.”
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