Back in 1960, Tesco took the plunge and hit the market in the UK with the other so called “big four” following soon after with Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s opening stores.
Since then, food speciality supermarkets have grown in size and offered customers loyalty cards, points and bonuses in an effort to keep their business.
Since 1960, when the first Tesco store arrived in the UK we have seen thousands of stores open throughout the country and there’s going to be another coming to Milton Keynes in October.
The purpose of supermarkets . . .
Before supermarkets were popular, there were typically a number of different speciality stores that you needed to go to in order to get the items you needed. Greengrocers, butchers, florists and delis were all available to families that needed meats or fresh produce.
Fortunately, the rise of supermarkets allowed families to get everything they needed under one roof and quickly made the change from manned stores to self-service.
As the decades went on and on, more and more supermarkets began to rise, with smaller chains and local specialist stores closing as a result of the new additions in the local towns and cities.
Welcome the latest supermarket to Milton Keynes:
On October 23rd Milton Keynes will see the addition of a new Asda store located on Newton Leys. The popular new build estate has been around for a few years now and has been missing the final piece of the puzzle for local residents – a local supermarket.
The new 8,000 square foot Asda store will cost approximately £4.5 million and create 33 new jobs in the local community, with full and part time positions readily available.
The new store manager, Stuart Tarry had this to say:
“We really can’t wait to open the new Asda in Newton Leys, everyone’s working really hard to get the store ready and we hope customers will be impressed when they see the wide range of products we’ve got to offer.
“In addition, we’ve a variety of new roles available from checkout operatives to replenishment colleagues across all departments. We’re looking forward to receiving applications from locals and to getting to know Newton Leys.”
The new store will have two manned checkout areas running alongside six self-service checkouts and will predominantly prioritise fresh produce and food. The store will also have a fresh pizza counter, rotisserie and bakery.
What this means for the new store
As a new store opening anywhere in the UK, there will inevitably be a number of trades involved with the construction and opening of the new supermarket. We had a think and thought it would be a good idea to run through what you could expect a local supermarket to need for such a grand opening.
Typically, a supermarket will need:
- Central heating
- Plumbing and deep freeze/refrigerator
- Electrical installations
- Fire safety
- Regular maintenance
Let’s face it; large supermarkets these days tend to be built to keep costs down. The large Asda store in Bletchley is, in effect a warehouse that has been adapted to incorporate a supermarket so its important for stores to make sure that their customers are comfortable during their visit.
Large boiler installations in Milton Keynes will be arranged and planned well in advance to ensure that the first phase of the build is completed without a fuss.
Plumbing, freezing and refrigeration:
Every supermarket will have a deep freeze and chilled area so it’s important that the installation of the plumbing systems are completed on time to ensure that the produce is kept refrigerated to prevent it from spoiling before it even makes it to the shelves.
Plumbing systems will also be installed for customer toilets, staff facilities and for every day use.
What use are multi-million pound supermarkets if you can’t see anything? Every new supermarket built will have a series of commercial lighting fixtures installed. This will help to light the supermarket floor, warehouse, storage areas and staff zones to prevent injuries and falls.
Local electrical contractors will be on site to complete a full PAT test and ensure that all of the electrical sockets and items are fit for use.
As supermarkets are built for mass produce and production, there is a higher risk of fire. It is the facilities and project managers responsibility to ensure that the new site has been fully fire tested and the there is a sufficient emergency plan of action in place.
Every building requires regular maintenance if its going to last longer periods of time. Basic tasks such as bulb replacements, boiler servicing and ongoing repairs as and when they arise is extremely important if the facilities manager wants the building to be well maintained and save his or her budget.