Bid for new store at Lidget Green

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An artict's impression of the new store from the air An artict's impression of the new store from the air

Supermarket giant Asda plans to create 350 jobs by building a new superstore in Bradford.

The company wants to create a store on a site formerly occupied by MFI in Bradbeck Road, off Cemetery Road, Lidget Green.

Asda bosses put the plans on display at Bradford’s Kirkgate shopping centre yesterday and said they had been inundated with enquiries from jobseekers.

The proposed store will have a 38,000 sq ft sales area, similar in size to the company’s existing Bradford store in Rooley Lane.

It will have 427 car parking spaces, including disabled, and parent and child spaces. It is also planned to have a filling station.

Philip Bartram, Asda property communications manager, said: “A new Asda store in West Bradford will bring a new, high-quality retail offer to shoppers and create up to 350 full and part-time jobs for local people.

“During difficult economic times, we will work closely with Jobcentre Plus and other agencies to target local job seekers.”

Asda has been considering further investment in Bradford for some time and believes the former MFI site is a great location because it is already designated for retail use.

Many of those who viewed the plans when they went on display yesterday said they were impressed by the scheme.

Hansa Majid, 18, of Manningham, said: “It’s quite nice and it’s in a great location because it makes it easier once you are in town. The other Asda stores are quite spaced out.

“With the recession going on at the moment, it’s good to know that jobs are still around.”

Denea Ameen, 18, of West Bowling, said: “The employment news is good. The university is not too far away if students want to travel to work at Asda.”

A further consultation event will be held from noon to 8pm on Tuesday at Girlington Community Centre, Girlington Road, Bradford.

People will have the chance to ask questions of the Asda team prior to a planning application being submitted to Bradford Council in about two weeks.

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4:48pm Fri 4 Sep 09

DJ_TEZZA_93 says...

I'm not too happy with this. A new 'superstore' will really bite in to Morrisons and Lidl nearby and all other retail stores nearby. Not really a fan of ASDA either, prefer Morrisons (A Bradford Company). This will just kill off local retail, we don't need another 'Superstore' in that area, on top of that new traffic problems will be created- disaster is inevitable. Asda, Go away.
I'm not too happy with this. A new 'superstore' will really bite in to Morrisons and Lidl nearby and all other retail stores nearby. Not really a fan of ASDA either, prefer Morrisons (A Bradford Company). This will just kill off local retail, we don't need another 'Superstore' in that area, on top of that new traffic problems will be created- disaster is inevitable. Asda, Go away. DJ_TEZZA_93
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5:04pm Fri 4 Sep 09

Rambo says...

As much as the area desperately need jobs (and around there any sort of development, at the same time you think not another supermarket.

What exactly is the ratio per square mile? Theres a Tesco not too far away as well.
As much as the area desperately need jobs (and around there any sort of development, at the same time you think not another supermarket. What exactly is the ratio per square mile? Theres a Tesco not too far away as well. Rambo
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7:24pm Fri 4 Sep 09

Matt1961 says...

Whilst it is great that much needed new jobs may be created. I am concerned that the Bradford area is becoming saturated with supermarkets (Tesco and Morrisons all have several, plus Netto and Lidl etc) And what about the small traders who struggle to compete with the big guns, and the city centre that is dying because of the Westfield hole? Asda may create jobs but how many may be lost in other ways? Think about this Bradford Council.
Whilst it is great that much needed new jobs may be created. I am concerned that the Bradford area is becoming saturated with supermarkets (Tesco and Morrisons all have several, plus Netto and Lidl etc) And what about the small traders who struggle to compete with the big guns, and the city centre that is dying because of the Westfield hole? Asda may create jobs but how many may be lost in other ways? Think about this Bradford Council. Matt1961
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1:24am Sat 5 Sep 09

zippy25 says...

DJ_TEZZA_93 wrote:
I'm not too happy with this. A new 'superstore' will really bite in to Morrisons and Lidl nearby and all other retail stores nearby. Not really a fan of ASDA either, prefer Morrisons (A Bradford Company). This will just kill off local retail, we don't need another 'Superstore' in that area, on top of that new traffic problems will be created- disaster is inevitable. Asda, Go away.
Agree with all the other people on here to many suppermarkets already around that area .Plus its so sad that all the local shops are having to close down because of all this .Like the town centre its all pound shops and arcades Bradford is ruined !!
[quote][p][bold]DJ_TEZZA_93[/bold] wrote: I'm not too happy with this. A new 'superstore' will really bite in to Morrisons and Lidl nearby and all other retail stores nearby. Not really a fan of ASDA either, prefer Morrisons (A Bradford Company). This will just kill off local retail, we don't need another 'Superstore' in that area, on top of that new traffic problems will be created- disaster is inevitable. Asda, Go away.[/p][/quote]Agree with all the other people on here to many suppermarkets already around that area .Plus its so sad that all the local shops are having to close down because of all this .Like the town centre its all pound shops and arcades Bradford is ruined !! zippy25
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11:05am Sat 5 Sep 09

Iona Cortina says...

I'm sorry but I don't agree with any of the comments so far.

Why do you have to be so negative ? - 350 jobs will be created; that means 350 people off the dole queue. If there are any people that will be affected by the new opening of the store, then it will be extremely minimal.

The advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Good on Asda, good on Bradford Council (for allowing this in the first place). Seems like the only positive thing they've done in a long time.

Well done to all concerned.
I'm sorry but I don't agree with any of the comments so far. Why do you have to be so negative ? - 350 jobs will be created; that means 350 people off the dole queue. If there are any people that will be affected by the new opening of the store, then it will be extremely minimal. The advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Good on Asda, good on Bradford Council (for allowing this in the first place). Seems like the only positive thing they've done in a long time. Well done to all concerned. Iona Cortina
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11:33am Sat 5 Sep 09

Leighann says...

For a change I agree with Iona Cortina! I think that Asda opening a new store will be great for Bradford with the creation of 350 jobs. Bradford has only 1 Asda store on Rooley Lane, Morrisons have 5, Tesco 3 plus various Tesco's express and 1 main Sainsburys.

Yes I am a Asda shopper but for many years I was a loyal Morrisons shopper until I went to Asda and found the produce better and the food cheaper (I always thought Asda was more expensive) I have been back to Morrisions a few times but it doesn't compare to the quality of food at Asda.

Lets hope Asda get the planning permission.
For a change I agree with Iona Cortina! I think that Asda opening a new store will be great for Bradford with the creation of 350 jobs. Bradford has only 1 Asda store on Rooley Lane, Morrisons have 5, Tesco 3 plus various Tesco's express and 1 main Sainsburys. Yes I am a Asda shopper but for many years I was a loyal Morrisons shopper until I went to Asda and found the produce better and the food cheaper (I always thought Asda was more expensive) I have been back to Morrisions a few times but it doesn't compare to the quality of food at Asda. Lets hope Asda get the planning permission. Leighann
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3:53pm Sat 5 Sep 09

albion says...

Iona Cortina wrote:
I'm sorry but I don't agree with any of the comments so far.

Why do you have to be so negative ? - 350 jobs will be created; that means 350 people off the dole queue. If there are any people that will be affected by the new opening of the store, then it will be extremely minimal.

The advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Good on Asda, good on Bradford Council (for allowing this in the first place). Seems like the only positive thing they've done in a long time.

Well done to all concerned.
Bradford council has not yet allowed this as planning permission has not yet been applied for.
[quote][p][bold]Iona Cortina[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but I don't agree with any of the comments so far. Why do you have to be so negative ? - 350 jobs will be created; that means 350 people off the dole queue. If there are any people that will be affected by the new opening of the store, then it will be extremely minimal. The advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Good on Asda, good on Bradford Council (for allowing this in the first place). Seems like the only positive thing they've done in a long time. Well done to all concerned.[/p][/quote]Bradford council has not yet allowed this as planning permission has not yet been applied for. albion
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8:53am Sun 6 Sep 09

tyker says...

albion wrote:
Iona Cortina wrote: I'm sorry but I don't agree with any of the comments so far. Why do you have to be so negative ? - 350 jobs will be created; that means 350 people off the dole queue. If there are any people that will be affected by the new opening of the store, then it will be extremely minimal. The advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Good on Asda, good on Bradford Council (for allowing this in the first place). Seems like the only positive thing they've done in a long time. Well done to all concerned.
Bradford council has not yet allowed this as planning permission has not yet been applied for.
and the chances are they will put up so many obstacles that ASDA may say "up yours" meaning 350 jobs don't arise.

yes there may be too many supermarkets etc but these are the only businesses creating meaningful long term jobs currently.
[quote][p][bold]albion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Iona Cortina[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry but I don't agree with any of the comments so far. Why do you have to be so negative ? - 350 jobs will be created; that means 350 people off the dole queue. If there are any people that will be affected by the new opening of the store, then it will be extremely minimal. The advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Good on Asda, good on Bradford Council (for allowing this in the first place). Seems like the only positive thing they've done in a long time. Well done to all concerned.[/p][/quote]Bradford council has not yet allowed this as planning permission has not yet been applied for.[/p][/quote]and the chances are they will put up so many obstacles that ASDA may say "up yours" meaning 350 jobs don't arise. yes there may be too many supermarkets etc but these are the only businesses creating meaningful long term jobs currently. tyker
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9:09am Sun 6 Sep 09

DJ_TEZZA_93 says...

I'm preparing my objection letter as we speak. it might create a few odd jobs, but it will create more problems the solve.
I'm preparing my objection letter as we speak. it might create a few odd jobs, but it will create more problems the solve. DJ_TEZZA_93
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10:18pm Mon 7 Sep 09

FAIZAALI says...

Im not sure if most people have noticed but where the old mfi building now is a market called The Bazaar. Its a market that consists of 150 little shops selling many things from fashion to furniture, cosmetics to fruit and veg. All local people who are trying to earn a living. Now if Asda get permission to build a super market it will make more than 350 people unemployed. Its like a breath of fresh air when you visit The Bazaar. Please send an objection letter to the council. We dont need another supermarket putting local businesses out.
Im not sure if most people have noticed but where the old mfi building now is a market called The Bazaar. Its a market that consists of 150 little shops selling many things from fashion to furniture, cosmetics to fruit and veg. All local people who are trying to earn a living. Now if Asda get permission to build a super market it will make more than 350 people unemployed. Its like a breath of fresh air when you visit The Bazaar. Please send an objection letter to the council. We dont need another supermarket putting local businesses out. FAIZAALI
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11:57am Tue 8 Sep 09

kirkgate warrior says...

sorry i have to disagree with the above comment. the bazaar on cemetry road is a nuisance with cars parked on both sides on the length of cemetry road and into the nearby estate. closure of the bazaar will not lead to unemployment as i suspect the majority of the traders are self employed and will have to ply their goods elsewhere. as an unemployed person i welcome the opportunity of new jobs, as many of the local retailers are not recruiting at the moment.
sorry i have to disagree with the above comment. the bazaar on cemetry road is a nuisance with cars parked on both sides on the length of cemetry road and into the nearby estate. closure of the bazaar will not lead to unemployment as i suspect the majority of the traders are self employed and will have to ply their goods elsewhere. as an unemployed person i welcome the opportunity of new jobs, as many of the local retailers are not recruiting at the moment. kirkgate warrior
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10:46pm Wed 9 Sep 09

FAIZAALI says...

Cars being parked on both sides of the road only proves The Bazaar is a popular place where customers enjoy shopping. I believe the council can sort it out by puttung double yellow lines on the Rd.
Kirkgate warrior you have a very selfish attitude as an unemployed person you would welcome the closure of the bazaar so maybe you might get a job at Asda.
With asda opening Morrison and tesco will reduce their work force because they will have less customers through the door. WE DONT NEED ANOTHER SUPERMARKET. bazaar is diferant
Cars being parked on both sides of the road only proves The Bazaar is a popular place where customers enjoy shopping. I believe the council can sort it out by puttung double yellow lines on the Rd. Kirkgate warrior you have a very selfish attitude as an unemployed person you would welcome the closure of the bazaar so maybe you might get a job at Asda. With asda opening Morrison and tesco will reduce their work force because they will have less customers through the door. WE DONT NEED ANOTHER SUPERMARKET. bazaar is diferant FAIZAALI
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9:53am Thu 10 Sep 09

kirkgate warrior says...

the bazaar is no different to the cannon mills shopping complex nearby, in both quality and merchandise...i appreciate local trade is going to be affected but this is happening throughout the country. i hear the co-op is also closing, and supermarkets have been one of the few companies to recruit during this recession.
the bazaar is no different to the cannon mills shopping complex nearby, in both quality and merchandise...i appreciate local trade is going to be affected but this is happening throughout the country. i hear the co-op is also closing, and supermarkets have been one of the few companies to recruit during this recession. kirkgate warrior
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3:09am Sun 13 Sep 09

peterspan says...

FAIZAALI wrote:
Im not sure if most people have noticed but where the old mfi building now is a market called The Bazaar. Its a market that consists of 150 little shops selling many things from fashion to furniture, cosmetics to fruit and veg. All local people who are trying to earn a living. Now if Asda get permission to build a super market it will make more than 350 people unemployed. Its like a breath of fresh air when you visit The Bazaar. Please send an objection letter to the council. We dont need another supermarket putting local businesses out.
The closure of The Bazaar will not leave 'more than 350 people unemployed', as the Bazaar does not employ any of the traders who sell their goods there, and it is not the only market the Traders go to, to sell their goods.

Most of the traders there, travel to different markets on different days in order to earn a living, if The Bazaar closes, they will simply go to a different market on the day they went to The Bazaar.
[quote][p][bold]FAIZAALI[/bold] wrote: Im not sure if most people have noticed but where the old mfi building now is a market called The Bazaar. Its a market that consists of 150 little shops selling many things from fashion to furniture, cosmetics to fruit and veg. All local people who are trying to earn a living. Now if Asda get permission to build a super market it will make more than 350 people unemployed. Its like a breath of fresh air when you visit The Bazaar. Please send an objection letter to the council. We dont need another supermarket putting local businesses out. [/p][/quote]The closure of The Bazaar will not leave 'more than 350 people unemployed', as the Bazaar does not employ any of the traders who sell their goods there, and it is not the only market the Traders go to, to sell their goods. Most of the traders there, travel to different markets on different days in order to earn a living, if The Bazaar closes, they will simply go to a different market on the day they went to The Bazaar. peterspan
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