Alcohol worries over proposed new Morrisons store in Barrowford

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Alcohol worries over proposed new Morrisons store in Barrowford Alcohol worries over proposed new Morrisons store in Barrowford

TRADERS and residents have launched a campaign to try to stop a new supermarket opening.

Bosses at national chain Morrisons have unveiled plans to open a smaller ‘M Local’ store on the site of the former petrol station in Gisburn Road, Barrowford.

The moves comes as Lancashire-based supermarket Booths edges closer to opening its own store in the town later this year.

On Tuesday, Pendle licensing committee will discuss an application to sell alcohol at the M Local store. Traders including nearby Spar, Bargain Booze and Village Fayre, have led a campaign against those plans, and a petition signed by 209 people has also been submitted to the council.

Gerard Threadgould, of Spar, said: “We have run the petition with a few other stores and most customers are against another supermarket. If Morrisons opens next door it will effectively shut us down. We can’t compete.With a new Booths already opening, this will cause even more problems.”

Letters to the council say there are already enough shops selling alcohol in Barrowford and they fear an increase in anti-social behaviour.

Gareth Pruskin, from Bargain Booze in Gisburn Road, wrote: “Granting a licence would provide a further source of alcohol within an area already so heavily populated with licensed premises that crime, disorder and public nuisance can only increase.”

A Morrisons spokesman said: “We understand that residents have raised concerns regarding our application for an alcohol licence and want to reassure them that we are committed to being a responsible retailer.

"We take sale of alcohol seriously and have a number of measures in place, including our stringent ‘Challenge 25’ policy, to ensure a sensible approach.

“We will address these concerns during the licensing hearing next week.”

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4:21pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Lord_Lucan says...

If Spar are saying they can't compete with a Morrisons Local built next door then they should close down . A Morrisons in Barrowford will give residents better value and cheaper prices than Spar can offer. Get it built.
If Spar are saying they can't compete with a Morrisons Local built next door then they should close down . A Morrisons in Barrowford will give residents better value and cheaper prices than Spar can offer. Get it built. Lord_Lucan
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6:03pm Fri 14 Mar 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

How sad are these traders? Never mind the customers! Never mind it would mean a price war and therefore better for the customers! Customer is always right? Not with these type of stores that dont want competition! Boycott them, i say!
How sad are these traders? Never mind the customers! Never mind it would mean a price war and therefore better for the customers! Customer is always right? Not with these type of stores that dont want competition! Boycott them, i say! DoggydogNo1
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6:44pm Sat 15 Mar 14

MickAH says...

I've not set foot into a Morrisons store since I discovered that Woodhead Bros in Colne (owned by Morrisons) openly only employ Eastern Europeans via agencies.
I've not set foot into a Morrisons store since I discovered that Woodhead Bros in Colne (owned by Morrisons) openly only employ Eastern Europeans via agencies. MickAH
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11:29am Mon 17 Mar 14

HecticBigBoy says...

Competition controls prices, the objections were driven by the Spar owner ... no shock there then, Let the customer choose and that will be by price and service.
Competition controls prices, the objections were driven by the Spar owner ... no shock there then, Let the customer choose and that will be by price and service. HecticBigBoy
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