New Booths supermarket officially opened in Milnthorpe today

First published in News

SHOPPERS from Milnthorpe gathered at the opening of a long-debated Booths supermarket today.

Chairman Edwin Booth was driven to the company’s 23rd store, on Park Road, in a horse and cart as a symbol of the firm’s 165-year heritage.

He cut the ribbon with family members Graham Booth, Simon Booth and the firm’s sixth generation member Henry Booth.

The leader of the North West business empire defended the store’s place in the town, after previous objections from local traders and residents and planning refusal in 2011.

“Any business in any town eyes its competition with some scepticism,” he said. “They have to understand that the same thing happens to us when a massive Tesco opens by a Booths store.

“If it wasn’t going to be a Booths it could have been a major development. This is a regional business as opposed to a national business and many people will view this as a positive and not a negative.”

Mr Booth said the new store was ‘almost like having a new member of the family’.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Henry Booth has joined the family team as a trainee buyer for the firm.

The Aberdeen University graduate, who lives in Whassett, near Milnthorpe, said he was passionate about food and had come to appreciate his family’s business more while studying.

A store-height sculpture by a former Dallam School pupil was unveiled at the store. The artwork, produced by Leeds Metropolitan University graduate artist Katie Edwards, depicts the Arnside and Storth Viaduct, which was constructed in 1857 to transport locals from Arnside to Grange.

Graham Booth said: “This artwork will stand proud outside the store and we hope it will be enjoyed by shoppers for years to come. Every Booths store is architect designed to be unique to the region.”

Houghton Parkhouse, of Milnthorpe, produced this unique piece of art using a specialist laser cutter to precisely create the metal piece.

Pam Houghton, director at Houghton Parkhouse, said: “We wanted to create a piece of art that offered a reflection of Milnthorpe, its history and its beautiful surrounding area. Katie took our initial ideas and transformed them into something very special, she has certainly captured the detail in such an imaginative way and we are delighted with the results.”

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6:09pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Geoff103 says...

So, why ask Edwin Booth about the objectors?

They were roundly outnumbered by supporters. Why not ask him about the widespread support for the new store?

Actually, the answer was clear from the crowds of shoppers trying out the new store.

A great day for Milnthorpe.
So, why ask Edwin Booth about the objectors? They were roundly outnumbered by supporters. Why not ask him about the widespread support for the new store? Actually, the answer was clear from the crowds of shoppers trying out the new store. A great day for Milnthorpe. Geoff103
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6:40pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Clocktower_Electrics says...

There's a lot of great stores in Milnthorpe and Booths will encourage more and more people to come and shop here as they already are doing from the likes of Kendal.

Of course Booths will be competing against some current business but the local butchers and greengrocers amongst others are fantastic and I'm sure they will pick up more customers, including those that also shop at Booths once new shoppers call at Milnthorpe and see range and quality these independent shops offer.

The free parking in the square and at many of the shops and lack of permanent traffic queues probably don't do any harm in picking up trade from Kendal as well....... http://on.fb.me/ZuIh
jR
There's a lot of great stores in Milnthorpe and Booths will encourage more and more people to come and shop here as they already are doing from the likes of Kendal. Of course Booths will be competing against some current business but the local butchers and greengrocers amongst others are fantastic and I'm sure they will pick up more customers, including those that also shop at Booths once new shoppers call at Milnthorpe and see range and quality these independent shops offer. The free parking in the square and at many of the shops and lack of permanent traffic queues probably don't do any harm in picking up trade from Kendal as well....... http://on.fb.me/ZuIh jR Clocktower_Electrics
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7:18pm Wed 14 Nov 12

1207 says...

Oh dear the Gazzete gets it wrong again !How many Shops do Booths have not 28 yet again you did not check the facts just like your reporting of the wide spread anti Booths feeling in the area.
I bet all the doom moungers spent money there today?
Oh dear the Gazzete gets it wrong again !How many Shops do Booths have not 28 yet again you did not check the facts just like your reporting of the wide spread anti Booths feeling in the area. I bet all the doom moungers spent money there today? 1207
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9:04pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Mr_Nick says...

1207 wrote:
Oh dear the Gazzete gets it wrong again !How many Shops do Booths have not 28 yet again you did not check the facts just like your reporting of the wide spread anti Booths feeling in the area.
I bet all the doom moungers spent money there today?
Oh dear, 1207 if you took the time to actually check the facts and count you would indeed see 29 not 28 listed

http://www.booths.co
.uk/stores/
[quote][p][bold]1207[/bold] wrote: Oh dear the Gazzete gets it wrong again !How many Shops do Booths have not 28 yet again you did not check the facts just like your reporting of the wide spread anti Booths feeling in the area. I bet all the doom moungers spent money there today?[/p][/quote]Oh dear, 1207 if you took the time to actually check the facts and count you would indeed see 29 not 28 listed http://www.booths.co .uk/stores/ Mr_Nick
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9:53pm Wed 14 Nov 12

1207 says...

Very true but not 23 as in this article.I unlike the Gazzete did Check the facts..
Very true but not 23 as in this article.I unlike the Gazzete did Check the facts.. 1207
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8:24am Thu 15 Nov 12

hogheaven says...

Good luck to Booths on there latest venture, employing 60 locals cannot be a bad thing,As for effecting local existing businesses probably not , the friday market was dying now it might be regenerated with the increase in traffic and competition is not a bad thing is it?
Good luck to Booths on there latest venture, employing 60 locals cannot be a bad thing,As for effecting local existing businesses probably not , the friday market was dying now it might be regenerated with the increase in traffic and competition is not a bad thing is it? hogheaven
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10:46am Thu 15 Nov 12

tom watson says...

What a great addition to Milnthorpe, my parents spent their last days there and would have been thrilled to have spend their last pound there. Hope my old friend Margie Melling gets in there to spend a quid.
What a great addition to Milnthorpe, my parents spent their last days there and would have been thrilled to have spend their last pound there. Hope my old friend Margie Melling gets in there to spend a quid. tom watson
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8:19pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Kendmoor says...

Ahh this is fantastic news, hopefully they have the tasty pick and mix that i've seen in other booths - they're closer to me than the Kendal one so will be sure to be popping in for a visit soon! can't wait!
Ahh this is fantastic news, hopefully they have the tasty pick and mix that i've seen in other booths - they're closer to me than the Kendal one so will be sure to be popping in for a visit soon! can't wait! Kendmoor
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4:16pm Sat 17 Nov 12

sklanc says...

this new store may finally deter the idiots that park around harmony hall and around the green on double yellow lines , blocking access for that forgotten breed that actually live in milnthorpe to get to their homes
. the wall collapsed last year o
n cars hard against no parking signsl so no sympathy there;
this new store may finally deter the idiots that park around harmony hall and around the green on double yellow lines , blocking access for that forgotten breed that actually live in milnthorpe to get to their homes . the wall collapsed last year o n cars hard against no parking signsl so no sympathy there; sklanc
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4:17pm Sat 17 Nov 12

sklanc says...

this new store may finally deter the idiots that park around harmony hall and around the green on double yellow lines , blocking access for that forgotten breed that actually live in milnthorpe to get to their homes
. the wall collapsed last year o
n cars hard against no parking signsl so no sympathy there;
this new store may finally deter the idiots that park around harmony hall and around the green on double yellow lines , blocking access for that forgotten breed that actually live in milnthorpe to get to their homes . the wall collapsed last year o n cars hard against no parking signsl so no sympathy there; sklanc
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12:07pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Kendmoor says...

sklanc, was this a well known thing...or did you just happen to be around when it happened? ;)
sklanc, was this a well known thing...or did you just happen to be around when it happened? ;) Kendmoor
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