petrol station, Highbridge Asda boss says new cafe may be next
boss of Highbridge's Asda supermarket says plans to expand the
store with a new mezzanine floor have been put on hold - but a
new cafe could still be introduced in the future.
after the opening of the store's new petrol station this week,
manager Gary Lumsden, pictured, said an in-store cafe could
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "A cafe or pharmacy are possible.
The second thing that customers ask us for after a petrol station
is a cafe. We know they want it but we just don't know at the
went on to say: "The mezzanine has been out on hold for the
moment - that's not happening. The planning permission is there,
but we have looked at it from a business model point of view and
have decided not to go ahead. We constantly look at development
said the new petrol station has been warmly welcomed by customers.
"We have had a lot of local interest. Hopefully it will bring
more customers. Residents appreciate cheaper fuel."
added that Asda's decision not to run a Black Friday sale this
year in its stores had been a sensible one.
the data we've looked at, it shows it was a great decision. From
an in-store point of view, customers had got fed up of the chaos.
There was a big move online this year with fewer people in stores.
Asda was ahead of the curve. We are spreading the deals over Christmas
and always giving low prices."
went on say that Asda had recruited several staff from Burnham's
Morrisons store following its closure last Sunday. "It was
sad to see Morrisons close - I got close to the customers and
the Morrisons team in my short time with them. As a result we
launched our free bus service and we also took a few Morrisons
staff on. Retail is a tough business and I could see that some
of the staff were not going to have a job at Christmas, so the
first thing I did when I met them was to inform them of our vacancies."