Sainsbury's scotches rumours of Swansea High Street move
SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury's has confirmed it is not looking to open a store close to Swansea's High Street railway station.
The chain, which already operates stores across the city, was rumoured to be interested in opening a store close to the recently revamped station.
But, a spokeswoman for Sainsbury's has confirmed rumours surrounding the development are not true.
The news comes as a vintage homeware and accessories shop has been announced as one of the first retailers in Coastal Housing's £25 million Urban Village development on High Street in Swansea.
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Uplands bar boss Noah Redfern is a key investor behind the business which will offer everything from kitchenware products to furniture and said: "It looks like it is going to be a really cool part of town."
The store is due to open at the Urban Village in March 2013.
Alex Hill of The Coffee Bar Gallery on High Street welcomed the new store and said: "It certainly sounds good, and that's what they're after (Urban Village), something unusual, quirky and that's not really here in the city already, and that's not just another chain.
"I think something like Noah's new business is what they're looking for and what will benefit the High street, but the big chain idea is not needed, there are already small independent markets on the street."
Simon Jones of High Street running store Up and Running said: "The effect it has depends on what the business is and how it's going to be aimed. Obviously, there's a big problem on this street, in terms of alcoholics and drugs. "Whether or not this is going to be enough to deter that problem, which seems to be the reason for deterring customers though, I'm not sure.
"It'll be good to clear it up, because I have people now coming into the shop and commenting on the street."
Owain Williams of High Street outdoor store Blacks said: "The less empty units on the street, the better it is for the businesses, it doesn't matter what fills them.
"As long as they are filled, it's going to bring people in no matter what."
Victoria Addis of Gallery Loft Conversions on High Street said: "I've been to Noah's Yard and it is beautiful.
"So if anything like that comes to this street, I do think it will brighten it up, which will be very good to this business.
Katherine Ellbeck of Swansea's Oxfam bookshop said the charity would benefit from new stores on High Street.