Builders’ stores moves spark Tesco rumours in Devizes

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Councillor Laura Mayes Councillor Laura Mayes

Two firms of builders’ merchants are moving from their Devizes premises, amid rumours that Tesco wants to build a supermarket on the site.

Jewson and Graham are leaving their adjoining sites on the Garden Trading Estate, London Road, and will be opening new centres in nearby Folly Road.

Both of the builders’ merchants are owned by the French company Saint Gobain.

It is understood that Tesco already has an option on one of the pieces of land and could be in negotiation for the other.

Tesco, which already has a store in Devizes town centre, this week said the sites were on its radar, but claimed no purchases had been made.

A spokesman said: “We are aware of the site, but we are aware of hundreds of sites across the company. No deals have been done.”

Workers at Graham, who leases its town premises, expect to be in their new building on the old Selectabook site by the end of the year.

The Wiltshire councillor for Roundway, Laura Mayes, said she had not heard about a possible Tesco proposal but felt the Garden Trading Estate was no longer best used as commercial premises.

She said: “I was only thinking, the other day, that now there is so much housing in that area it does not really feel appropriate any more and it might be better for residential.

“But there is already a lot of traffic pressure on London Road, so whatever happens it could be controversial.”

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7:46am Tue 4 Feb 14

Fluffy peppa says...

Any supermarket on the outskirts of Devizes be a fantastic bonus, the supermarkets in town are ok for basics but lack choice.
I travel out of Devizes to Salisbury or Chippenham for a better range of products, Devizes has been building new homes for sometime now and the supermarkets are too small for demand.

We could do with a larger supermarket with a decent cafe and clothing range, tesco in town so old and not disability friendly - you have to ask a member if staff to go in the service lift to the upper floor where clothes are and ask a member of staff to operate the lift to go down to ground level.

I so welcome new facilities which would be ideal for locals and tourists passing through. Devizes supermarkets seem to lack sparkle.

I wouldn't take anyone to the cafe at morrisons - what a dive.

My ask is out of town supermarket with more choice please.
Any supermarket on the outskirts of Devizes be a fantastic bonus, the supermarkets in town are ok for basics but lack choice. I travel out of Devizes to Salisbury or Chippenham for a better range of products, Devizes has been building new homes for sometime now and the supermarkets are too small for demand. We could do with a larger supermarket with a decent cafe and clothing range, tesco in town so old and not disability friendly - you have to ask a member if staff to go in the service lift to the upper floor where clothes are and ask a member of staff to operate the lift to go down to ground level. I so welcome new facilities which would be ideal for locals and tourists passing through. Devizes supermarkets seem to lack sparkle. I wouldn't take anyone to the cafe at morrisons - what a dive. My ask is out of town supermarket with more choice please. Fluffy peppa
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8:40am Fri 7 Feb 14

gary@euroloo.com says...

Sounds like good news to me, I sure the new supermarket will be busy so demand is clearly there and it will keep the two builders merchants in the area so Tesco creating additional and welcome jobs.
Sounds like good news to me, I sure the new supermarket will be busy so demand is clearly there and it will keep the two builders merchants in the area so Tesco creating additional and welcome jobs. gary@euroloo.com
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