Sainsburys – full letter – No build.

email sent by Sainsburys David Mills Head of Property & Communications.
His details are given, if you wish to comment to him about Sainsburys decision.

I am writing to update you on our plans for a new supermarket in Whittlesey following on from our previous correspondence last November.
We have been carrying out an internal review of the plans, and I am afraid we have now taken the decision not to progress with a new supermarket in Whittlesey. 

I wanted to let you know at the earliest opportunity and explain why we have made this difficult decision.  

The context for the decision are fundamental changes in the grocery sector – a combination of cyclical and structural shifts have led to some of the toughest market conditions for 30 years.
For example people’s shopping patterns have changed considerably since we unveiled our plans five years ago. There is an increased focus on convenience and online shopping, and customers are increasingly shopping little and often, with smaller basket sizes.
We recognise that this news will be disappointing, particularly given the strong levels of support for a new supermarket in the area.  

We’ve worked hard to bring forward these plans but we simply cannot progress with a scheme that will be unviable in the long-term. 

I know this this is not the response or news that you had been hoping for. 

If you have any further questions or wish to discuss the matter in more detail please do contact me on [email protected] or 07900 709393.
David Mills | Head of Property Communications |
[email protected] | 07900 709393

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