Friday, 3 April 2009

Morrisons coming to Kemptown - will the 60 new jobs last?

It’s great news that Morrisons will bring 60 much-needed new jobs with them when they take over the St James’s Street Somerfield supermarket (Argus, Friday, April 3).

Research has demonstrated though that supermarkets take trade away from smaller, usually independent, stores – sometimes pushing such local businesses to the wall – to the detriment of both consumer choice and local jobs.

Worrying, the big supermarkets also have a tendency to whisk their takings away to head office, while profits from local shops tend to be spent here in the community.

I hope the new Morrisons will be the store that bucks these trends, and I look forward to working closely with its management to try to make sure that happens.

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