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Bodmin braced for jobs bonanza with Aldi set to move in

By CGMikeS  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

Work is set to begin in June on this site on Dunmere Road

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DOZENS of jobs are set to be created when Bodmin’s sixth supermarket opens along with other retail units – with work set to start in June.

Aldi are believed to be interested in the site for a new supermarket off Dunmere Road.

Developer Henry Boot is in the process of exchanging legal agreements with the chain in question – along with three other national retailers – to occupy the site to the right of Flann Microwave Ltd.

Bodmin’s latest supermarket could be open in early 2015, with the developers also receiving planning permission for additional retail units on a nearby site, creating dozens of jobs.

“We are exchanging the legal agreements with the retailer in question to occupy 16,000sq ft of the total 38,000sq ft site, with three other national retailers occupying the remaining three units,” said Julian Painter, of Henry Boot Developments.

“We hope to be able to make an announcement on the identity of the chain in a month and break ground on the site in June. We are talking to three other retailers to move in on the same site – we’ve had quite a bit of interest. Proposals are for outdoor or sports retailers that aren’t currently in Bodmin. There are no units in the town centre big enough.”

Access for customers to the supermarket will be off Midway Road and more than 60 jobs are anticipated. As a condition of consent, the developer will pay a contribution to local highway improvements.

Henry Boot also plans to develop on the former Invensys site next to the Group Travel depot, 150 yards further up Dunmere Road, but as yet no agreements are in place.

“We are still marketing these units and we are at a much earlier stage for this site than the one further down Dunmere Road,” Mr Painter said.

“The plans are for a smaller convenience food store and a little bakery to serve the new Cornwall Council offices which are being built directly opposite, as well as a restaurant and a trade centre. It’s more of a mixed-use site.”

Mr Painter said the two developments will give the town a big jobs boost. “This is a good thing for Bodmin with new jobs being created and hopefully, new retailers moving in that don’t currently exist in the town,” he said.

The western area of Bodmin is being revitalised with work on the new £15 million local authority administrative centre off Dunmere Road beginning this month and Wainhomes developing a housing estate between Boundary Road and Dunmere Road, with new homes expected to be available by early next year.

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  • Peter_J_Quill  |  March 04 2014, 9:53PM

    60 part-time, small or zero-hour contracts is hardly cause to celebrate, when it will inevitably negatively impact the viability of the very shops in the town which it will compete with. How many jobs will be lost because of Aldi opening? Bodmin needs different, not more of the same. Also, let's watch and see how many of those 60 jobs remain. Large chains often over-employ when they open, then lay off after their business stabilises.

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  • westwelsh  |  March 01 2014, 9:54AM

    How many of these jobs will be for proper Cornish, and how many will go to outsiders?

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  • Doitdreckley  |  February 28 2014, 11:29AM

    Low paid or zero hour contract jobs do not mean relief on the benefit system. Two thirds of people on benefits are in work. People need a living wage to cover the cost of living.

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  • MarjProops  |  February 28 2014, 8:49AM

    Jobs are jobs. It doesn't matter whether they are in town or outside the people who need them and hopefully get offered one will be grateful and will be less of a burden on the benefit system. They will in turn spend their earnings locally and gradually generate more demand and more jobs will be created as a result. That's how the economy works!

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  • Truro_England  |  February 27 2014, 11:44AM

    @Wazzamatter. The trouble is there are so many 'i'm alright Jacks in Cornwall' they have a decent job/ semi retired/ own a house and feel they can tell the rest of us how to live, many of these are Cornish who think only outsiders shop in the national chains. I was born in Truro and regularly shop in the national supermarkets, i rent and often apply for these sort of jobs because that's about all i'm qualified and experienced for. I'm fed up with older people in Cornwall dictating to me where I should shop, eat and the time of day I have to leave a club and even control what time i can buy food on a Saturday night.

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  • josdave  |  February 27 2014, 7:38AM

    Sad that we are in such a state as to welcome another supermarket in an area saturated with them already. What we need is for real industry paying real wages so that our youngsters have some hope of owning their own homes instead of seeing all the houses being built going to people from outside the county. To get euphoric over 60 low paid boring jobs is hypocritical. Our youngsters deserve better but the council can't see further than tourism with all it's low paid part time seasonal jobs

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  • kingofkernow  |  February 26 2014, 7:50PM

    "by lewp 1988" Wadebridge have 3 supermarkets, Tesco , Lidl and The Co-op. The reason why Wadebridge town flourishes is due to the large number of residents who are retired "upcountry" folk with large disposable incomes to spend on leisure. In contrast Bodmin has a very high amount of social housing which seems to be largely inhabited with people from "oop North" who choose to move here to enjoy free houses and Mobility cars whilst living off sick benefit. The only 2 benefactors in Bodmin are Asda who sell cheap junk food and West End Motors who provide Motobility cars.

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  • D-Head  |  February 26 2014, 1:46PM

    Those who believe this is a job bonanza need to get into the real world. Jobs outside of town mean job losses in town. And as rightly mentioned earlier, local businesses spend their money locally. With the big multinationals the money is off to the Caymans or some other tax haven.

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  • lewp1988  |  February 26 2014, 1:40PM

    I'm all for job creation for exactly those reasons but having more supermarkets than independent shop owners is not the answer. These 60 (low paid) jobs will be paid for by the residents of Bodmin and all profits made will be heading to the national HQ's of these firms which reduces the total amount of money being circulated in Bodmin. Thats reducing the money available in the local economy which in turn will reduce growth. Bodmin needs to promote local business but that is being strangled because these national chains take all of the custom. If they weren't around there would be more opportunity for people to start business'. Wadebridge has one supermarket and its town centre is much more attractive than Fore St. This is not a coincidence.

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  • Wazzamatter  |  February 26 2014, 12:45PM

    60 new jobs in Bodmin IS a big deal. 60 fewer people on JSA, 60 more people who may be a little more able to feed their families. Surely that's a good thing?

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