East Street shopping centre redevelopment gets go ahead

How the new store will look from Evans Street

Morrisons supermarket bringing 400 jobs gets green light

First published in Hampshire Business Andover Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

A FAILED Southampton shopping centre is set to make way for a new supermarket bringing 400 jobs after councillors today approved the plans.

Developers plan to demolish the once popular 1970s East Street shopping centre for a giant Morrisons supermarket.

Arcadian Estates says its development will re-establish a strong pedestrian link between St Mary’s and the city centre.

Two levels of parking for 286 cars will be built above the store for both shoppers and visitors.

Travelators will take customers and trolleys to and from the 60,000 square foot foodstore.

The £30m development has been backed by local traders and residents as well as the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and the City of Southampton Society.

The plans were approved this afternoon by Southampton City Council's planning committee.

David Lewis from the development manager Centros said: “This positive decision means that our programme to open the new Morrisons store by the end of 2014 remains on track.

“Over the next few months we will be working through all the planning conditions with council officers and the key local stakeholders with the aim of starting work on site next summer.”

Council leader Richard Williams said he was delighted with the result.

"This brings the promise of 400 new jobs to Southampton and is a key part of a bigger plan to reinvigorate this important part of the city.

“This prestigious development will open up East Street, re-connect the walk way between the city centre and St. Mary’s and provides some good quality improvements to the area and to the shopping experience.

"Local traders, residents and other interested parties support this exciting project and I, like them, am looking forward to seeing the next phase of the development move ahead.”

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5:02pm Tue 20 Nov 12

The Wickham Man says...

Better Morrisons than Tesco or Asda.
Better Morrisons than Tesco or Asda. The Wickham Man
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5:02pm Tue 20 Nov 12

kingnotail says...

The East Street building really is one of the worst eyesores I have ever seen. The fact that it still opens every day, despite all the shops long since having closed, beggars belief!
The East Street building really is one of the worst eyesores I have ever seen. The fact that it still opens every day, despite all the shops long since having closed, beggars belief! kingnotail
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5:42pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Rhombus says...

The Wickham Man wrote:
Better Morrisons than Tesco or Asda.
Opinions opinions. The actual result is it doesn't really matter. The guards there will be the busiest in town. :)
[quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Better Morrisons than Tesco or Asda.[/p][/quote]Opinions opinions. The actual result is it doesn't really matter. The guards there will be the busiest in town. :) Rhombus
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5:50pm Tue 20 Nov 12

mickey01 says...

the east street arcade is an eyesore but i remember when the green sheild stamp shop was there and the area was really buzzing with the half price jewellers and the tandy electric shop but that was in the days before the bargate and west quay shopping arcades arrived
the east street arcade is an eyesore but i remember when the green sheild stamp shop was there and the area was really buzzing with the half price jewellers and the tandy electric shop but that was in the days before the bargate and west quay shopping arcades arrived mickey01
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5:53pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Rhombus says...

Every centre had its day

For my generation it started with Ocean Village >East streetBargate>Marlan
ds>West Quay........Then nope , Im going to shop online.
Every centre had its day For my generation it started with Ocean Village >East streetBargate>Marlan ds>West Quay........Then nope , Im going to shop online. Rhombus
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5:59pm Tue 20 Nov 12

8089 says...

The Wickham Man wrote:
Better Morrisons than Tesco or Asda.
Totally agree!
[quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: Better Morrisons than Tesco or Asda.[/p][/quote]Totally agree! 8089
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6:13pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Zeo says...

Bargate to be demolished next... Far to many shopping centres.
Bargate to be demolished next... Far to many shopping centres. Zeo
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6:31pm Tue 20 Nov 12

loosehead says...

Another scheme first started under the Tory council.
When are we going to see something Labour has started?
Another scheme first started under the Tory council. When are we going to see something Labour has started? loosehead
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6:48pm Tue 20 Nov 12

bazzeroz says...

loosehead wrote:
Another scheme first started under the Tory council.
When are we going to see something Labour has started?
I think you'll find it was a developers scheme. It's the council that approves or denies permission.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Another scheme first started under the Tory council. When are we going to see something Labour has started?[/p][/quote]I think you'll find it was a developers scheme. It's the council that approves or denies permission. bazzeroz
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6:53pm Tue 20 Nov 12

loosehead says...

bazzeroz wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Another scheme first started under the Tory council.
When are we going to see something Labour has started?
I think you'll find it was a developers scheme. It's the council that approves or denies permission.
But it was the Tories who negotiated with the developers wasn't it?
What ever way you look at it what exactly what has Labour bought to this city besides job cuts?
Will the Royal Oak remain? what about the small pub in East street?
[quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Another scheme first started under the Tory council. When are we going to see something Labour has started?[/p][/quote]I think you'll find it was a developers scheme. It's the council that approves or denies permission.[/p][/quote]But it was the Tories who negotiated with the developers wasn't it? What ever way you look at it what exactly what has Labour bought to this city besides job cuts? Will the Royal Oak remain? what about the small pub in East street? loosehead
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7:33pm Tue 20 Nov 12

sparkster says...

Yes i'd go to Morrisons any day, when i stay in devon with my mum for a week i go to Morrisons for her, its spotless you could eat off the floor, there are always friendly helpful staff to answer any queries. Even Morrisons own brand of foods are good, bring on Morrisons
Yes i'd go to Morrisons any day, when i stay in devon with my mum for a week i go to Morrisons for her, its spotless you could eat off the floor, there are always friendly helpful staff to answer any queries. Even Morrisons own brand of foods are good, bring on Morrisons sparkster
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8:39pm Tue 20 Nov 12

wilson castaway says...

Can I buy the hole in the wall in east street shopping centre? Me and my sister spent many a saturday afternoon in there while our parents browsed the catalogue return store.
Can I buy the hole in the wall in east street shopping centre? Me and my sister spent many a saturday afternoon in there while our parents browsed the catalogue return store. wilson castaway
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8:17am Wed 21 Nov 12

SO50 Saint says...

Will the Royal Oak remain? what about the small pub in East street?”

Yes when the last story came out I checked that the pub was still there and it was. Very glad of this as the place is decent after home matches. Can't say about the small place but that is right next to the current east street shopping centre
Will the Royal Oak remain? what about the small pub in East street?” Yes when the last story came out I checked that the pub was still there and it was. Very glad of this as the place is decent after home matches. Can't say about the small place but that is right next to the current east street shopping centre SO50 Saint
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8:41am Wed 21 Nov 12

loosehead says...

SO50 Saint wrote:
Will the Royal Oak remain? what about the small pub in East street?”

Yes when the last story came out I checked that the pub was still there and it was. Very glad of this as the place is decent after home matches. Can't say about the small place but that is right next to the current east street shopping centre
Thank You!
[quote][p][bold]SO50 Saint[/bold] wrote: Will the Royal Oak remain? what about the small pub in East street?” Yes when the last story came out I checked that the pub was still there and it was. Very glad of this as the place is decent after home matches. Can't say about the small place but that is right next to the current east street shopping centre[/p][/quote]Thank You! loosehead
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8:52am Wed 21 Nov 12

SO50 Saint says...

I do think where the pub is so packed on a matchday at present if anything was due to happen to the place something would be said. Especially now they are showing the away matches aswell was as busy in there on Sat as it was after a home match
I do think where the pub is so packed on a matchday at present if anything was due to happen to the place something would be said. Especially now they are showing the away matches aswell was as busy in there on Sat as it was after a home match SO50 Saint
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11:31am Wed 21 Nov 12

housewife says...

Excellent news.
And reinstating EASY pedestrian access from East Street to St Marys Street will be good for the residents and traders in both.
Excellent news. And reinstating EASY pedestrian access from East Street to St Marys Street will be good for the residents and traders in both. housewife
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11:50am Wed 21 Nov 12

andrewsmith782000 says...

this is great news for southampton as now a next generation shopping mall can now start to fly the flag for st marys , this was a huge task to take on but it would still be nice one day to have a multi plex swimming pool and activity centre for southampton as well but may when this council runs out of ideas things might start to look up again , i can just imagine food stamps making a come back be warned the ghosts of christmas pass will come and haunt you hahahahahahah.
this is great news for southampton as now a next generation shopping mall can now start to fly the flag for st marys , this was a huge task to take on but it would still be nice one day to have a multi plex swimming pool and activity centre for southampton as well but may when this council runs out of ideas things might start to look up again , i can just imagine food stamps making a come back be warned the ghosts of christmas pass will come and haunt you hahahahahahah. andrewsmith782000
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11:53am Wed 21 Nov 12

kingnotail says...

Who really wants Supermarkets slap bang in a city centre any way? Only in car-crash Southampton!
Who really wants Supermarkets slap bang in a city centre any way? Only in car-crash Southampton! kingnotail
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11:55am Wed 21 Nov 12

loosehead says...

andrewsmith782000 wrote:
this is great news for southampton as now a next generation shopping mall can now start to fly the flag for st marys , this was a huge task to take on but it would still be nice one day to have a multi plex swimming pool and activity centre for southampton as well but may when this council runs out of ideas things might start to look up again , i can just imagine food stamps making a come back be warned the ghosts of christmas pass will come and haunt you hahahahahahah.
What Ideas? This was a development started under the Tory council no new developments or ideas have arisen under this present council
[quote][p][bold]andrewsmith782000[/bold] wrote: this is great news for southampton as now a next generation shopping mall can now start to fly the flag for st marys , this was a huge task to take on but it would still be nice one day to have a multi plex swimming pool and activity centre for southampton as well but may when this council runs out of ideas things might start to look up again , i can just imagine food stamps making a come back be warned the ghosts of christmas pass will come and haunt you hahahahahahah.[/p][/quote]What Ideas? This was a development started under the Tory council no new developments or ideas have arisen under this present council loosehead
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11:57am Wed 21 Nov 12

loosehead says...

kingnotail wrote:
Who really wants Supermarkets slap bang in a city centre any way? Only in car-crash Southampton!
I agree I said that when it was first talked about.
but where could it go?
at least here the people of town will have more choice than just Asda or Lidl
[quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: Who really wants Supermarkets slap bang in a city centre any way? Only in car-crash Southampton![/p][/quote]I agree I said that when it was first talked about. but where could it go? at least here the people of town will have more choice than just Asda or Lidl loosehead
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11:59am Wed 21 Nov 12

elvisimo says...

kingnotail wrote:
Who really wants Supermarkets slap bang in a city centre any way? Only in car-crash Southampton!
i would suggest most of the people on here, the nearby residents etc

It is at the edge of teh retail core and I would guess that bothe the developer and Morrisons would have done a little bit of research, impact study, traffic planning.

Morrisons will be paying circa £20psf which they will not do lightly.

Any other suggestions for an empty, obsolete shopping centre?
[quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: Who really wants Supermarkets slap bang in a city centre any way? Only in car-crash Southampton![/p][/quote]i would suggest most of the people on here, the nearby residents etc It is at the edge of teh retail core and I would guess that bothe the developer and Morrisons would have done a little bit of research, impact study, traffic planning. Morrisons will be paying circa £20psf which they will not do lightly. Any other suggestions for an empty, obsolete shopping centre? elvisimo
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12:06pm Wed 21 Nov 12

loosehead says...

elvisimo wrote:
kingnotail wrote:
Who really wants Supermarkets slap bang in a city centre any way? Only in car-crash Southampton!
i would suggest most of the people on here, the nearby residents etc

It is at the edge of teh retail core and I would guess that bothe the developer and Morrisons would have done a little bit of research, impact study, traffic planning.

Morrisons will be paying circa £20psf which they will not do lightly.

Any other suggestions for an empty, obsolete shopping centre?
I know build more Social Housing?
No I think this will be good for the people of Kingsland
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: Who really wants Supermarkets slap bang in a city centre any way? Only in car-crash Southampton![/p][/quote]i would suggest most of the people on here, the nearby residents etc It is at the edge of teh retail core and I would guess that bothe the developer and Morrisons would have done a little bit of research, impact study, traffic planning. Morrisons will be paying circa £20psf which they will not do lightly. Any other suggestions for an empty, obsolete shopping centre?[/p][/quote]I know build more Social Housing? No I think this will be good for the people of Kingsland loosehead
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