Your View: John Lewis and Waitrose Basing View plans on display

Basingstoke Gazette: Your View: John Lewis and Waitrose Basing View plans on display Your View: John Lewis and Waitrose Basing View plans on display

THE FIRST glimpses of the John Lewis Partner-ship’s plans for a new superstore in Basingstoke went on public display last week.

Proposals for the John Lewis at home and Waitrose’s combined store in Basing View were showcased to shoppers in The Malls last Friday and Saturday.

Many people said they were looking forward to the multi-million pound development, although there were fears that it could cause months of traffic chaos when construction starts.

Sally Bennett, 41, from Oakridge, who is registered disabled: “It is going to create serious trouble to public transport to Oakridge, Popley, and Chineham. We have had so much disruption in the past eight to 10 months. Building the new store is going to close the road for a long time which is going to make it very difficult for me to get around.”

Ben Shapiro, 80, from Oakridge: “It is long overdue. I have been looking forward to it ever since I heard a rumour of it. John Lewis has a good reputation for being a good place to do business. One of my concerns though is the infrastructure, but I am looking forward to it.”

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John Michaels, 41, of South View: “It makes it more awkward for people coming down from Norn Hill. Traffic, with people all going to Basing View is going to be chaotic. And at the end of the day it is going to kill the town centre. There are quite a few independents in Festival Place who will suffer.”

Terry Stephenson, 66, from Popley, who was viewing the exhibition with his wife Wendy, 61: “It looks lovely and is brilliant for employment – and there will be spin-off jobs as well. It will be good for the local economy. It is a lovely piece of architecture – it looks terrific.”

 

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11:15am Tue 17 Sep 13

Honeybee123 says...

I'd love to know what "independents" Mr Michael thinks are going to suffer from Waitrose and John Lewis opening up. I really hope this happens. Yes there will be some disruption but it'll be a fantastic addition to the town if it goes ahead.
I'd love to know what "independents" Mr Michael thinks are going to suffer from Waitrose and John Lewis opening up. I really hope this happens. Yes there will be some disruption but it'll be a fantastic addition to the town if it goes ahead. Honeybee123
  • Score: 6

1:42pm Tue 17 Sep 13

robertspet8 says...

Honeybee123 wrote:
I'd love to know what "independents" Mr Michael thinks are going to suffer from Waitrose and John Lewis opening up. I really hope this happens. Yes there will be some disruption but it'll be a fantastic addition to the town if it goes ahead.
Mr Michaels is spot on, there are quite a few independent food and homeware shops in Festival place. Shops such as........, oh come on somebody give me a hand with this.
Great news for the town.
[quote][p][bold]Honeybee123[/bold] wrote: I'd love to know what "independents" Mr Michael thinks are going to suffer from Waitrose and John Lewis opening up. I really hope this happens. Yes there will be some disruption but it'll be a fantastic addition to the town if it goes ahead.[/p][/quote]Mr Michaels is spot on, there are quite a few independent food and homeware shops in Festival place. Shops such as........, oh come on somebody give me a hand with this. Great news for the town. robertspet8
  • Score: 3

1:46pm Tue 17 Sep 13

Honeybee123 says...

robertspet8 wrote:
Honeybee123 wrote:
I'd love to know what "independents" Mr Michael thinks are going to suffer from Waitrose and John Lewis opening up. I really hope this happens. Yes there will be some disruption but it'll be a fantastic addition to the town if it goes ahead.
Mr Michaels is spot on, there are quite a few independent food and homeware shops in Festival place. Shops such as........, oh come on somebody give me a hand with this.
Great news for the town.
Ha ha, my thoughts exactly. I thought for a second you were going to name them...but only for a second ;-)
[quote][p][bold]robertspet8[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Honeybee123[/bold] wrote: I'd love to know what "independents" Mr Michael thinks are going to suffer from Waitrose and John Lewis opening up. I really hope this happens. Yes there will be some disruption but it'll be a fantastic addition to the town if it goes ahead.[/p][/quote]Mr Michaels is spot on, there are quite a few independent food and homeware shops in Festival place. Shops such as........, oh come on somebody give me a hand with this. Great news for the town.[/p][/quote]Ha ha, my thoughts exactly. I thought for a second you were going to name them...but only for a second ;-) Honeybee123
  • Score: 2

5:49pm Thu 19 Sep 13

ChinehamIan says...

How can anyone think this is not a good idea for Basingstoke? This is the best thing to happen here in donkeys years!
How can anyone think this is not a good idea for Basingstoke? This is the best thing to happen here in donkeys years! ChinehamIan
  • Score: 4

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