TellyTubby Sainsburys to Move
Freaky – just as my computer pinged and someone asked if I’d had a leaflet about this, the thing popped through my door…
I guess whether you welcome Sainsburys eco-store closing so they can build a giant new one down the road will, to some extent at least, depend on where you live.
Anyone Greenwich side of the current store will probably, like me, sigh and count the extra walking time to get a pint of milk and a bag ‘o buns (unless they’re local shopkeepers who will be rubbing their hands with glee – certainly my local corner shop will do much better, especially if he stops only stocking non-free-range eggs, which I’ve told him on many an occasion I will not buy under even the most egg-strapped circumstances…)
Anyone Charlton side will probably be rather pleased, given the land’s been empty for years and my dream of it being levelled and turned into a gorgeous walled garden centre was always unlikely to come true.
So where is the magical newly re-named ‘Meridian Site’? Well – several degrees east of the actual Meridian, I can tell you that.
Well, I have to say the map they supply isn’t very clear. Here it is:
It looks to me like it’s the bit where Wickes and a load of old warehouses currently reside, though at first I thought it might be that big walled area behind ASDA.
They promise a giant shopping experience with TU clothes (whoo-bloomin’-hoo) homewares, a cafe and an ‘Explore Learning Centre,’ which apparently will teach extra maths and English to kiddies.
Personally I have no real objection to the building of a whopping great store on the site of well, not very much really, but I do feel a bit fed up that the old building will be let to a ‘non-food retailer.’ I know why that is, of course, and it is good news for Greenwich’s smaller shopkeepers, but it will make shopping for all the dull items like toilet rolls and washing powder into a right royal palaver for most people west of the A102(M).
They’re having the usual consultation, on Friday 21st, and Saturday 22nd October at Valley House, 445 Woolwich Road, SE7 7EP
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