SAINSBURY’S is planning to open a new store on the site of a former printing firm, which neighbours hope will give a boost to the area.
Work is underway to turn the old Berrico Printers, in Churchfield Road, Acton, into a retail unit before the supermarket chain takes over. The Sainsbury’s Local is expected to open next month and will create 25 jobs.
Neighbours have mixed views. Some spoke against plans to sell alcohol from 8am to 11pm, seven days a week, but the council allowed it at recent licensing hearing. And some fear the arrival of the chain may damage livelihoods.
Subramaniyam Sothinathian, owner of the Londis store on the same road, said: “I am worried about it but we can’t do anything about it. I hope our customers will keep supporting us but I think we will lose some business.”
Sara Nathan, chairwoman of the Churchfield Community Association, said: “Londis is a good local shop and well run so I hope it won’t be too badly affected. They’re friendly, have services like newspaper deliveries which Sainsbury’s won’t do and they’re responsive – they stock what you ask them to stock.
“I think Morrisons will be more likely to suffer. If I run out of potatoes or lemons, things Londis doesn’t offer, it’ll be quicker to walk to Sainsbury’s. Personally I think it’s a good sign for Acton town centre if somebody like Sainsbury’s wants to invest in it. And I think it’s possible they will bring others with them.”
A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman, said: “We’re pleased to confirm plans for a new Sainsbury’s Local in Churchfield Road. We believe the store will bring a number of benefits to the area, including 25 new jobs and provide a convenient shopping offer for local people.”