New Sainsbury's to 'rid Barton and Tredworth of its negative image'
SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury’s could help to ‘rid Barton of its negative image’ as it opens its store there tomorrow.
The shop on the corner of Barton Street and India Road is set to be greet its first customers after Gloucester MP Richard Graham officially declares it open at 9am.
Community leaders have welcomed its arrival.
City councillor Usman Bhaimia (L, Barton and Tredworth) said: “It will help to rid Barton and Tredworth of its negative image, that it is a place for junkies and prostitutes.
“It is a quality store and hopefully it will encourage more quality stores to follow.”
He is confident that it will not affect other convenience stores along Barton Street despite some concerns that have already been voiced by residents.
He said: “The convenience stores specialise in minority food that you will not find in Sainsbury’s. They are very popular for this reason and having the Sainsbury’s here may actually help bring more people to them.”
The store, which will employ around 15 staff members, is open seven days a week from 7am until 11pm.
It has opened on the site of the former India House pub, which closed in February 2011. At the time of the plans for the store being announced there were strong concerns about it
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “We believe the convenience shop will be of great benefit to the area, by creating new jobs and improving shopping choice for local residents. We are a responsible retailer by seeking to be a good neighbour and playing an active role in the community, which includes promoting safer neighbourhoods.”