Cwmbran Morrisons opens doors

OFFICIAL OPENING: From left, Torfaen County Borough Council chairman Cllr Bob Wellington, Morrisons store general manager Mark Ogborne and the town mayor Cllr Wayne Tomlinson

The new Morrisons store in Cwmbran

First published in News

THE new Morrisons in Cwmbran opened its doors to the public yesterday with shoppers queuing outside the door as the ribbon was cut.

The mayor of Torfaen, Cllr Wayne Tomlinson, officially opened the store at 9am and within the first hour more than 500 shoppers passed through the doors eager to catch a glimpse of the new store.

May Sims, from Cwmbran, was among the first people to enter the store, and said: “We used to go to Morrisons in Risca, so it’s a lot closer for us.

“I came here on the bus to have a look around today and have spotted a fewbargains. We will do our weekly shop in the week and bring the car, as we do like Morrisons.”

The general manager, Mark Ogborne said: “It’s going how we expected, if not better, considering the weather.

“We have had good feedback from customers and our staff have worked hard to clear the paths for shoppers this morning.”

The 37,000 sq ft store on the northern end of the Meritor site in Grange Road has created 276 jobs.

Morrisons worked in partnership with Jobcentre Plus to ensure that 142 of the 276 new jobs went to people who were previously unemployed.

The new staff are trained in a range of traditional craft skills such as butchery, fishmongery, baking and flower arranging, which are a strong focus of the ‘fresh market’-inspired shopping space, which stocks more than 450 types of fresh fruit and vegetables.

The ‘fresh market’ concept also includes cured meats hanging Continental style above the deli counter, 140 cuts of meat in the butchery and a selection of more than 70 cheeses from the UK and around the world.

At the bakery there are up to 48 varieties of bread baked fresh from scratch throughout the day by in-store bakers.

There is also a petrol station, a café and a 497-space car park.

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7:27pm Tue 22 Jan 13

no justice says...

well the store is now open but asda will not have anything to fear as the price of many good are way exensive.
Asda 4 pints milk £1.00.
Morrisons 4 pints of milk £1.49p. i understand that some items are dearer and some are cheaper but the main foods for family shopping is way dearer hello and goodbye Morrisons.
well the store is now open but asda will not have anything to fear as the price of many good are way exensive. Asda 4 pints milk £1.00. Morrisons 4 pints of milk £1.49p. i understand that some items are dearer and some are cheaper but the main foods for family shopping is way dearer hello and goodbye Morrisons. no justice
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12:34am Wed 23 Jan 13

smokintheweed says...

Some people would prefer to shop in Morrisons out of personal preference. Comparing two major companies over the price of milk is moronic at best.

I'd be surprised if their supermarket failed over milk costs or foot-fall. Intelligent people have studied the viability of dropping a store in Cwmbran and have deemed it a worthy location.
Some people would prefer to shop in Morrisons out of personal preference. Comparing two major companies over the price of milk is moronic at best. I'd be surprised if their supermarket failed over milk costs or foot-fall. Intelligent people have studied the viability of dropping a store in Cwmbran and have deemed it a worthy location. smokintheweed
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9:18am Wed 23 Jan 13

pwharley says...

It would be nice if they had a diesel station!
It would be nice if they had a diesel station! pwharley
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10:01am Wed 23 Jan 13

Magor says...

They only sell petrol?
They only sell petrol? Magor
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2:33pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Magor says...

Been down there today,very nice and its got a tiled floor not painted like the one in Newport.
Been down there today,very nice and its got a tiled floor not painted like the one in Newport. Magor
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5:15pm Wed 23 Jan 13

brainfreeze says...

49p is worth it just to avoid the chavs in Asda
49p is worth it just to avoid the chavs in Asda brainfreeze
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6:06pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Goldy_Lookin_Clart says...

Oi Brainjob, I do loves my foxypriced bargains like in Asdas.
Oi Brainjob, I do loves my foxypriced bargains like in Asdas. Goldy_Lookin_Clart
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6:08pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Goldy_Lookin_Clart says...

Its well tidy in fact like
Its well tidy in fact like Goldy_Lookin_Clart
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6:21pm Wed 23 Jan 13

displayed says...

Now if they could just offer van deliveries..........
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Now if they could just offer van deliveries.......... ...... displayed
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7:20pm Wed 23 Jan 13

gordelpus says...

At last, a supermarket for Cwmbran. What a relief. Can't think how locals have managed till now with only Aldi, Lidl, Co-Op, Iceland, Asda, Sainsburys. After you with the council go-cart.
At last, a supermarket for Cwmbran. What a relief. Can't think how locals have managed till now with only Aldi, Lidl, Co-Op, Iceland, Asda, Sainsburys. After you with the council go-cart. gordelpus
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