Morrisons Setting Out Its Stall For Bigger Meadowhead Store


THE Morrisons supermarket group is looking to expand its superstore in Meadowhead.

The Morrisons Supermarket Group Is Looking To Expand Its Superstore In Meadowhead.

Proposals Have Been Submitted For A Two-storey Extension At The Front That Would Increase The Volume Of The Sales Area By 45% And Create A New Entrance And Toilets And A Bigger Customer Cafe.

Council Planners Will Now Consider The Implications, Including The Impact On Neighbouring Properties, Established Shopping Areas, Notably The Woodseats District Centre, Which Is Just Down The Road, And The Effect On A Busy Arterial Road.

Bradford-based Morrisons, The Uk’s Fourth Largest Supermarket Chain, Is The Latest Aiming To Consolidate Its Foothold In Sheffield, With Competitors Planning To Open New Outlets Or To Enlarge Existing Premises.

It Took Over From Safeway At Meadowhead In 2004 And Says It Now Wants To Improve “The Look And Feel” Of The Store And To Offer Customers A Better Range Of Products.

“The Main Objective Of The Sales Floor Area Extension Is To Provide Greater Circulation Spaces, Wider Checkouts For Customers And A Larger Customer Cafe, Which Can Be Comfortable At Peak Times,” Say Consultants For The Company.

A Transport Assessment Has Been Submitted To The Council That Predicts A 10% Increase In Numbers Of Cars, Which The Existing Signalised Junction Of The A61 Meadowhead Road Will Be Able To Cope With, It Is Argued.

The Size Of The Car Park Is Only Due To Be Increased By Five Spaces But Part Of The Scheme Involves Improving Circulation Within The Car Park, Making It Easier To Get In And Out Of The Car Park And The Petrol Station.

On Fridays, It Is Estimated That The Car Park Would Be 90% Full And On Saturdays, 99%.

“The Proposed Extension Is Also Likely To Result In A Small Increase In The Number Of Staff Employed At The Store.,” Add The Consultants.

“However, The Application Also Includes A Travel Plan That Will Minimise The Number Of Additional Car-borne Staff Journeys.”

A Morrisons Spokesperson Said: “With This Planning Application We Are Hoping To Provide Customers With A Bigger, Better And More Attractive Store.

The Plans Include A Significant Increase In Size Of Sales Area And An Extension To The Store Café, Both Of Which We Are Sure Would Prove To Be Very Popular With Shoppers.”

Local Residents And Businesses Will Have The Chance To Make Their Views Known Before Planners Draw Up A Report Before A Verdict By Councillors.

planning Application 11/01478/ful.