New supermarket gets positive reaction as it prepares to open

A GREAT OPPURTUNITY: Morrisons Hadleigh store manager Kevin Gilbert with staff in the cafe.
A GREAT OPPURTUNITY: Morrisons Hadleigh store manager Kevin Gilbert with staff in the cafe.

The imminent arrival of a new supermarket in Hadleigh – creating more than 200 jobs – is expected to be welcomed with open arms.

Shoppers will be able to walk the aisles of Morrisons’ 50,000 square foot store in Calais Street from Monday.

Work on the store began in the summer after the supermarket signed an agreement with Buyright to redevelop the firm’s site.

Mary Munson, Hadleigh mayor, said she had received positive feedback about the shop, which has created 228 jobs.

“The reception from people in the town has been very favourable and it seems to be a welcome alternative,” she said.

Mrs Munson added that the location, with the store easily accessible from the bypass, was also “acceptable” in contrast with Tesco’s on-going proposals to build on the former Brett Works site.

Kathryn Grandon, a district councillor for the town, agreed and said there was a “buzz” in the area.

“The impression I get is that this is what the town wants and people are looking forward to it,” she said.

Store manager Kevin Gilbert said he believed the supermarket offered something different to other stores in the area.

“It has been a long time coming but this is something new and big for Hadleigh,” said Mr Gilbert, who has worked at Morrisons for 12 years.

“We want to become part of the town and hope the cafe will be a much-needed place for community groups to meet. It is a new challenge and a great opportunity.”

Morrisons will officially open at 9am.