Winchester supermarket allowed to extend opening hours

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A WINCHESTER supermarket has been given permission to extend its opening hours.

Waitrose in Stockbridge Road, Weeke, applied to extend its hours from 8am—10pm to 7am-11pm.

Branch manager Alison Pilling told a city council planning committee last Thursday (Dec 13) the supermarket needed the extension to compete with local shops.

She said: “On the back of the unprecedented financial recession, the grocery sector has more competition than ever before. We would like the flexibility to be able to react to changing customer demand, particularly at Christmas and Easter.

“The site being open longer is unlikely to increase traffic by any discernible amount as the majority of customers will still shop within normal hours. But we want to make Waitrose more accessible to the minority.”

The majority of the committee agreed, approving the proposal by 11 votes to one.

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12:17pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Frank Insensed says...

"Branch manager Alison Pilling told a city council planning committee last Thursday (Dec 13) the supermarket needed the extension to compete with local shops."

Compete with local shops? What utter b*llocks!
"Branch manager Alison Pilling told a city council planning committee last Thursday (Dec 13) the supermarket needed the extension to compete with local shops." Compete with local shops? What utter b*llocks! Frank Insensed
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11:15am Tue 18 Dec 12

ascapola says...

With the arrival of Aldi that looks like the Co-op will unfortunately close then.
With the arrival of Aldi that looks like the Co-op will unfortunately close then. ascapola
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8:47am Thu 20 Dec 12

Goldenwight says...

Looking at the prices for baguettes on the advert on this page, with an organic baguette costing £99 I don't think they will attract much trade!
Looking at the prices for baguettes on the advert on this page, with an organic baguette costing £99 I don't think they will attract much trade! Goldenwight
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