Dursley News - March 2010

Well it's happened! The new Sainsbury's supermarket is now open in Dursley after a year of construction work on this very central site. The first day, March 17th, as well as the following week, were very busy and no doubt it will be a while before a regular pattern forms but at long last the traffic restrictions in Castle Street have been removed and hopefully normaility will return.

Unfortunately, at the same time as one shop opened, another closed. After 45 years of trading, R.P. Jones, The Electrical Shop, in Long Street closed for the last time on March 31st.

At Rednock, work on the site landscaping continues, hopefully to be complete prior to the official opening at the end of April.

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    Sainsbury's entrance on Castle Street
The scene in this area of castle Street has changed completely over the past two years and this entrance to sainsbury's stands where the old fire station once stood. This shows the scene four days before opening.
(March 13th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Sainsbury's from the Rec.
Viewed from the recreation ground three days after the store opened, the landscaping is complete.
(March 20th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Sainsbury's in business
Just one week after opening and the car park near the swimming pool, which also serves Sainsbury's, is looking very full. The larger car park, on the old Rack Field was just as busy.
(March 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Ramp up to The Knapp
The completed ramp up to The Knapp from the Sainsbury's car park. Nearby is a flight of steps providing a shorter route.
(March 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    New information boards on Sainsbury's
Local history information boards have been installed on the wall of the new Sainsbury's supermarket to give an insight into the town's industrial heritage. A little further along the street is the Heritage Centre which gives even more!
(March 31st 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Rednock School landscaping
The landscaping behind Rednock School nears completion prior to the official opening of the school at the end of April.
(March 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    R.P. Jones shortly before closure
R.P. Jones, The Electrical Shop in Long Street, Dursley, just a few weeks before closing for the final time.
(March 7th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Peter and Sue Jones inside the R.P. Jones shop
Peter and Sue Jones of R.P. Jones stand behind their counter on the final Saturday of opening.
(March 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
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