Morrisons store rumours surface in Sidmouth

‘I fear doughnut effect’ - says councillor

MORRISONS hasn’t ruled out claims it could be on the lookout for a site for a supermarket in Sidmouth.

Rumours the firm was possibly looking to set up shop in the town were mentioned at a full town council meeting on Monday.

Chairman Stuart Hughes told colleagues he’d heard talk the supermarket chain was potentially interested in an employment land plot and said: “No way”.

Cllr Hughes added that such sites should be provided to give future generations the chance to work, and live, in Sidmouth.

Mr Hughes told the Herald on Wednesday: “The last thing we want is another supermarket. I fear a ‘doughnut effect’- where all the trade will be sucked out of the centre of Sidmouth.”

A Morrisons spokesperson said yesterday: “We’re constantly looking at sites across the country that we would like to bring our offering to, but we don’t comment on individual sites until they have been acquired.”

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He added it can take up to five years from the time of site acquisition to the opening of a store.