Sainsbury’s Jobs – New Thrapston Supermarket Would Create 150 Job Vacancies


Sainsbury's Jobs - New Thrapston Supermarket Would Create 150 Job VacanciesThe old livestock market in Thrapston is the site of ambitious plans by supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s, for a new 1800 square metre store and bakery.

The proposed scheme would create an estimated 150 in-store job vacancies and would involve the relocation of the 140-year old livestock market to a new site on the outskirts of Thrapston. The market buildings would then be demolished and the new Sainsbury’s supermarket constructed in their place.

Sainsbury’s will be displaying details of their proposals for the Thrapston supermarket at the Bridge Hotel on Bridge Street from 1pm to 7pm this Friday and from 9am to 2pm the next day, Saturday.


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41 Responses to Sainsbury’s Jobs – New Thrapston Supermarket Would Create 150 Job Vacancies
  1. helen
    April 7, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    and what about ALL the local shops that will go out of business because of it – will they want to work in Sainsbury’s?

    It’s not needed in Thrapston and we don’t want it.

    • Clive
      April 7, 2011 | 2:59 pm

      Anybody else affected by the new store? Will you shop there?

      • helen
        April 7, 2011 | 3:15 pm

        Bridge Hotel seem to know nothing about displaying the plans…….

  2. Peter
    April 7, 2011 | 3:51 pm

    Why do these supermarkets think that everyone wants them on their doorstep. and the cheek theyhave thinking they can their way in by saying how much money they are giving to the local children in school equipment. The high street shops will disapear and the co=op will suffer, not to mention a beautiful market town ruined because someone in Sainsbury has given a to someone to make this happen. Watch out council members if this gets the go ahead in the same way as paperchase warehouse, back door dealings will be investigated.

    • Clive
      April 7, 2011 | 5:52 pm

      Clearly some people do, Peter, or they wouldn’t be in business.

  3. Louise
    April 7, 2011 | 5:32 pm

    Bring it on- its just what thrapston needs!

    • Clive
      April 7, 2011 | 5:52 pm

      Someone who sees a positive side to the news!

      • Louise
        April 7, 2011 | 6:13 pm

        Absolutely- the only local supermarket has very limited choice, and the jobs that would be created would be fantastic for the local community.
        Some people are very narrow minded when it comes to change- but change is guaranteed, can sometimes be good, and dare I say, beneficial.
        There are many local people currently out of work who would jump at the chance to work on their own doorstep, without the need for any travel expenses or a car.
        You have to look at the bigger picture sometimes.

        • Louise2
          June 17, 2011 | 12:42 am

          So LOOK at the bigger picture. Do you really think that “create 150 jobs” means creating 150 jobs for unemployed Thrapston people? Think again. What supermarket (or any organisation, come to that) would throw open 150 jobs in a brand new store to complete beginners? No – they’ll bring in more experienced staff from other branches to get it off the ground. There might be, what, half a dozen till positions going. Look at the big picture and be realistic about it.

          • Clive
            June 17, 2011 | 8:38 am

            Strong talk. Anyone got any anecdotes of similar stores where this has happened?

  4. Ian
    April 7, 2011 | 6:06 pm

    I think folk are missing the point a little! 150 jobs created is not to be sniffed at. Let alone the choice to shop in a local market town supporting the existing shops. That’s what it’s all about… Choice. The local butcher is even selling some of his land to assist the development. That’s one local trader who is clearly not bothered or threatened by the proposed development. As for the co-op… Never have I shopped in a store which is understaffed and has such little choice. standing at the check out for 20 minutes is the norm. I agree with Louise, bring it on, it is certainly what Thrapston needs, along with a fast rail link to London ;-)

  5. Peter
    April 7, 2011 | 8:33 pm

    Most of the senior jobs will be exsisting re shuffled Sainsbury staff, the rest will be a mixture of local and ‘Peterboro’ labour. The contractors to build it wont be local unless they are on the approved sains build list. You will have the main entrannce opporsite the school and large delivery lorrys comming through the high Street (cause they cant come over the bridge, tearing up the small round about and turning up pass Halford St. (the Cattle Mrket is moving as they have already said getting their wagons round is difficult- so what makes Sains lorries any easier) the lorry’s will inevitably go out pass the park (as its quicker to the A14), park cars will be double yellowed out as the local authority will restrict parking for access, and you’ll end up with the local scroats from Raunds tearing round the car park when its closed…. the bakery, butchers , card shop and florist will suffer – dont take my word for it look at Burton lat, when Budgens build there (then Sains took it over). I like change and progress, and fortunaltly live way away from the high street so none of the on site problems will effect, but it will be the start of a dowward trend for Thrapston (but if you want to live somewhere like Raunds or Burton then bring it on) personally, Id rather travel a bit to maintain a quite living place.

    • Clive
      April 7, 2011 | 8:42 pm

      Anyone agree with Peter?

      • Louise2
        June 17, 2011 | 12:44 am

        Yes, I do.

  6. Helen
    April 7, 2011 | 8:53 pm

    I bought here because I enjoy a village life, we are not a town we are a village, why do Sainsbury want to build a huge monstrosity here? We have a newly enlarged co-op which serves most average peoples daily needs (I’ve never queued for 20 mins!!). I drive to Tesco very occasionally in Kettering to top up wth extras, but our lovely village is fine for a normal everyday life.

    Every small business in Thrapston will suffer, the card shop, the deli, the butchers….etc etc as Sainsbury can provide it all, we’ll have a dead high street, with only charity shops and hairdressers able to survive. And you want choice? You’ll end with ONE choice – Sainsbury – as it will have killed off everything else.

    I hope there are more people who share my opinion and will help stop this travesty. I’ve seen the artists sketches today, it’s a very sad day for this beautiful village.

    • Clive
      April 7, 2011 | 8:57 pm

      Is anyone hoping to get a job at the new Sainsbury’s? Tell us your point of view.

  7. meh
    April 8, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    we need it coop is expensive we need something to rival it butchers and 1 stop and rubbish are expensive to we need it and i recon we will get it well we best do

    • Clive
      April 8, 2011 | 5:02 pm

      Had to delete some of the language – keep it clean, please!

      Anyone agree with Meh?

    • Louise2
      June 17, 2011 | 12:47 am

      The CoOp is not expensive.

      You try a price comparison. One of my friends did. On a £60 shop, the CoOp worked out five pounds cheaper than… oh, which one was it? I think it was Sainsburys…

  8. Helen
    April 8, 2011 | 4:56 pm

    What ever anyone thinks, at the end of the day the planning will have the final say. (Do they ever listen to people’s views any way??!!!) It is not the best place, it has to be said. Market road is so busy at the schools’ start and finishing times. I really don’t think that Sainsburys have seen Market road and it’s traffic problems. Not to mention children walking on the very narrow foot path past the bowls club, when big lorries are coming past. It is an accident just waiting to happen!!! I would love to have a Sainsburys in Thrapston, but just don’t think the access is suitable for the amount of traffic it will have to cope with. At least the cattle market only created extra traffic on one day in the week (plus a saturday), this will become a major problem every day.

    • Helen
      April 11, 2011 | 3:40 pm

      You are so right helen – the lorries will thunder past TWO schools and a play park….an accident waiting to happen

  9. Ian
    April 9, 2011 | 5:04 pm

    I agree in part with Helen, the town is quiet and picturesque for most of the time, property is cheap and you can currently buy a lot for quite a little! The road links are superb, and rail travel is reasonably on hand. Local business will indeed suffer, but the prices one pays in places such as the local butchers or deli is astronomical! I am happy however, to have the choice to shop all in one place with a trusted and respected major chain, or shop for my meat (as I will continue to do) with a local butcher (of which there are many within a 5 mile radius). The fact remains though, I see this proposal as a positive progression to developing the town. New job prospects, a new shopping experience, and added value to our homes perhaps in the future.

    Peter may well be right in his assumption that a proportion of the labour will result in existing “in house reshuffles”, but these people deserve opportunity and/or promotion within the business if they have length of service and demonstrated loyalty. As for traffic issues in Market Road, it really cannot get much worse can it? Double parking all day with people who abandon their cars and walk to town! No chance of getting anywhere during school drop off and pick up times with the usual 1 mum per 4 wheel drive syndrome!

    Its CHOICE, PROGRESSION, HEALTHY COMPETITION, ADDED VALE, JOB CREATION, and such a lot more. Let’s get on with it I say. Any chance of some petrol pumps as well? Folk won’t be moaning if they can get their fuel 10p a litre cheaper I bet.

  10. Jonathan
    April 10, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    Just a couple of points
    Since when does ‘regeneration’ of a town centre always have to involve a major supermarket.
    What is Thrapston managing to squeeze out of Sainsburys for the priveledge of taking over the town centre – any infra-structure ???
    Will the store be 24 hours?
    Why oh why cant councillors leave things alone – if Sainsbury’s want a local store how about the old ski slope on the A45?
    And finally who pushes these plans through – does nothing stop the avaricious grasp of these supermarkets.

    • Clive
      April 10, 2011 | 6:47 pm

      Fair comments, Jonathan. Anyone agree with him?

    • Bob
      April 11, 2011 | 3:44 pm

      same person who pushed through the Paperchase warehouse planning …

  11. helen
    April 11, 2011 | 3:46 pm

    add your name to our facebook group to have your say:

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_202790129753141

  12. Chris
    April 13, 2011 | 8:46 pm

    150 Jobs is an ambitious number. How many will be made redundant as a result of the closure of the Co-Op because I cannot see Thrapston sustaining two supermarkets. The vast majority of the products offered by Sainsbury’s are already available at the Co-Op. I understand people will be drawn from the surrounding villages just as they are at the moment but perhaps in increasing numbers. This is a worry. On Market Road we have two schools and a park. We have the majority of houses on Market Road with street parking. Sainsbury’s will undoubtedly increase the traffic on Market Road and in addition will require servicing / deliveries via large articulated vehicles. The potential hazards of increased traffic congestion and increased risk to children on Market Road make this scheme a potential nightmare. Secondly the High Street has taken some time to recover from the by-pass. I for one remember many boarded up shops. We are just about viable as a High Street of independent traders. Sainsbury’s would, I think, see the demise of these traders. Finally what a wasted opportunity. Thrapston is a Market Town not a Supermarket Town. The essential character will be destroyed instead of being developed. Why not have a market place or encourage more independent traders in the space vacated by the cattle market. Develop something different or special that Thrapston can be proud of rather than another clone of the East Midlands towns. Oundle does without Sainsbury’s and so can we.

    • helen
      April 14, 2011 | 3:30 pm

      Well said Chris! Are you aware you can go and voice concerns at Bridge Hotel tomorrow eve and saturday morning? We must all do this and unite.

      • Clive
        April 14, 2011 | 4:52 pm

        Should be interesting. Wouldn’t mind being a fly on the wall there.

  13. Bryan
    April 27, 2011 | 9:01 am

    Bletsoe has been looking for some time to relocate out of the town centre as they are aware of the issue’s with large cattle trucks etc as well as escaping animals (from time to time although not recently).

    I don’t think this will happen unless they can tie up a deal with whoever first and unfortunatley this would probably have to be a big multi national as they are the only ones with a captial investment program and money to spend.

    I can’t see why the council would give permission for this development based on access issues alone.

    Tesco & Sainsbury’s have also looked around Scotts of Thrapston’s site. This is a far better site with better access for HGV’s.

    It would be far better to create a “town centre” on the cattle market site, relocate the current market away from the square, get some community space/facitlities etc, but this is never going to happen as there is no public money to assist with a venture like this and I can’t see an investment company or similar getting involved.

    To summerize there are two options. 1) Cattle market to remain or 2) a new multi national super market.

    • Jonathan
      April 30, 2011 | 11:36 am

      Good points above- Unfortunately the reality is that huge supermarkets and weak local authorities will do whatever they like.

      I have an uncle that lives in Gerrards Cross in an affuent part of Bucks – 5 years ago they all got together to fight Tesco – large amounts of money were put into a fighting fund – £10k in some cases and guess what ? now theres a Tesco and most people use it!! – depressing but true.

      These huge chains are run to make profits – thats it bottom line – if you think they have social responsibility – you are kidding yourself.

      PS anyone noticed that when a supermarket changes anything its always for the benefit of us as its our ???? supermarket.- check the signs at W/boro Tesco.

      • Clive
        April 30, 2011 | 12:14 pm

        All businesses are there to make a profit. Anyone who says otherwise is either a naïve fool or a liar.

        As to the £10,000 – sorry to hear you lost it but the anguish of its loss might well be outweighed by the parallel consequences of having acquiesced without a fight. Sometimes you’re in zugzwang – a chess term which means that you have to move even though every possible move brings down disaster on you.

  14. Becky
    May 4, 2011 | 10:56 am

    The key characteristics of the Thrapston Conservation Area which make it worthy of its
    status as a conservation area, are:
    •An excellent example of a small Northamptonshire market town of medieval
    foundation and retaining part of its medieval market place and street plan;
    •A significant concentration of buildings of national importance, focused around the
    historic market place and extending eastwards along Huntingdon Road;
    •The area contains many unlisted historic buildings that are considered to make a
    positive contribution to its historic and architectural interest;
    •Numerous historic buildings in the area provide an important representation of the
    local vernacular tradition between the early 17th and late 19th century;
    •The use of locally produced materials such as roughly coursed squared limestone, Collyweston slate roofing and fired clay pantiles, is well represented within the area.

    I would suggest that permitting the development of a large supermarket within the defined conservation area (that’s mere presence already imposes restrictions on both existing residential and commercial properties) would be contradictory to what Thrapston Town council aim to achieve according to their mission statement and what the majority of residents want.

    I do not disagree with the creation of another supermarket (in fact I acknowledge many of the positive points raised on this site) however I do whole heartedly disagree that this is the best place to build a supermarket in Thrapston! Surely we could site it elsewhere?!!

  15. Kerry
    May 23, 2011 | 8:05 am

    I agree that the proposed site is totally unsuitable for this supermarket. With two schools and a park right next to it, it is an accident waiting to happen. And also the local residents would have large articulated lorries delivering at all hours day and night, most with young children, who would have their sleep distrurbed. Whilst I see this would be competition for the Co-Op’s very high prices and lack of choice, I feel it will rip the heart out of our village life.
    If we are to have a Sainsbury’s here why not put it on the old Midland Road Station site. It has plenty of room for both parking and a store and have more access to the A14 for the lorries plus it wouldn’t be right in the heart of our village and away from the schools.

    • Clive
      May 23, 2011 | 8:13 am

      Good points, Kerry. I was thinking that this story had somewhat surprisingly gone quiet.

  16. Maureen
    June 16, 2011 | 10:27 am

    Why can’t a new Sainsbury’s be constructed on the proposed site for the new cattle market, leaving the existing cattle market where it is? – Sorry if this has already been suggested!

    • Clive
      June 16, 2011 | 12:05 pm

      I suspect it’s something to do with wanting to be in the CBD area but anyone like to answer Maureen and correct me on this one?

  17. liliy
    June 29, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    I am only a new resident of two years and I think it would be an absolute travesty to destroy such a beautiful market town . neither sainsbury or tesco should be allowed to develop here they are not needed .

  18. Karen
    July 4, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    Thrapston is a market TOWN not a village! I have lived locally since birth and have seen many attempts at new enterprise crushed by local businesses preventing expansion and as a result the town has little to offer which is why people drive out of town. A prime example is the chemist which had hoped to move out of its totally impractical and inaccessible (to anyone with any mobility issues) building to the new Meadows surgery – blocked by planners as it would take trade from the town centre.
    My only concern with the proposals for Sainsburys is the access which surely could be solved by creating an entrance on High Street and exit via Market Road?

  19. Al
    January 16, 2012 | 10:51 pm

    Hi there, I’ve only moved here very recently to live but also live with my partner who was born in Thrapston MARKET TOWN. Firstly I would certainly like to point out that Thrapston is a Town and not a Village.
    Islip is a Village with no shops at all and people who live there have to either pop down into Thrapston for their small shopping or otherwise travel into Kettering or Wellingborough or the likes for their larger shopping; certainly larger families do it and the likes of our older people who can’t get about as easily, they get their shopping delivered by sainsbury’s and tesco etc.
    The likes of saying that the lorries being so close to 2 schools and a park is an accident waiting to happen have got to be kidding. Have many of you never visited a City in your lives? I know this is a Town and not a city but if people and children in a city can have schools on major roads and near hospitals and the likes with Ambulances, fast cars, buses, lorries and even motorcycles on them. I don’t see how maybe putting in a few pelican crossings, a lolipop lady, more traffic lights would hurt and would more than likely help.
    For the local businesses, i’m rather sure that people who have grown up or bought from the butcher for many years and know the types of cuts they can get there will still go there.
    The Sainsbury’s in my opinion is a very good idea. It will open more opportunities for jobs, compete with the Co-op prices (which are high, especially for small shopping trips and basics) as well as their limited supply. The co-op is always situated in places where there are limited shops to choose from which inevitably leads to them lining their pockets because there is no competition and people have to fork out more money for their basics because they have no other choice.
    The site on which they have plans for seems reasonable because who would really travel out of town-closer to the A14 just to do their shopping. At least on the proposed site it is accessable for many. They have even agreed on allowing parents to park in their parking lot when it comes to dropping and picking children up from school. Also isn’t there talk of a new road system anyway?

    Either way, you can argue about it as much as you like. Disagree or agree with the plans. But the council obviously think it is a good idea otherwise it would not even be discussed so openly with the public.
    I dare say it’ll happen no matter what and it’s just a means of having to deal with it. Most of you arguing against it will more than likely even shop there when it is finished and opened. And if not. Would you just be cutting your nose off to spite your face?

    • Clive
      January 17, 2012 | 12:24 am

      Thanks for the detailed comment, Al. I see the Sainsbury’s discussion is still live – what do other ‘Thrapstoners’ think?