Firm steps up its interest in opening second North Devon store

MORRISONS are looking at opening a new supermarket in Barnstaple, the North Devon Gazette has learned.

The company, which recently extended its Bideford store, said it was examining a number of possible sites in the Barnstaple area although the Gazette understands that the firm is focusing its attention on a site in Pottington, close to the downstream bridge.

On Thursday, representatives from Morrisions met with a number of key agencies and organisations including North Devon Council and Barnstaple Town Council to discuss potential plans.

The company is expected to hold a number of public consultation sessions before submitting a planning application for a new store and petrol station in the New Year.

Planning officer Keith Bines told the Gazette: “Pre-application discussions are being held in respect of the provision of a Morrisons supermarket in Barnstaple.

“A planning application is not anticipated until February 2011 following a period of consultation with the wider community by the developers.”

A Morrisons spokesperson said: “We are always interested in bringing Morrisons’ range of fresh food and excellent service to new areas and are considering a number of sites in the Barnstaple area.”