Big retailer names welcomed to Haverfordwest

The commercial face of Haverfordwest is changing with new stores moving in and others expanding.

Joining the eagerly anticipated Marks and Spencer store at Withybush is Boots, which is moving from its established town centre site to a much larger premises.

County councillor, Mark Edwards, who represents Prendergast ward, said: “It is perhaps a little surprising that Boots is moving out of the town centre but with Marks and Spencer going to draw so many people to the area it is going to be fantastic for the retail park up there, if they can sort the parking out.

“But I think it is a bad thing for the town, it’s swings and roundabouts really.”

He also hopes that a bigger store will mean more jobs for the town.

Also coming to the town is a favourite on High Streets across the country, Greggs the bakers. The new store on Bridge Street opened on Thursday.

“It’s another big name coming to Haverfordwest. If KFC were to come that would be the icing on the cake, at least we are competing with Carmarthen now,” added Cllr Edwards.

But despite many rumours, KFC has said it is not coming to Haverfordwest in the near future.

KFC spokesman, Nina Arnott said: “It’s great that there are so many KFC fans in Pembrokeshire, and we’re sure they’ll be pleased to know that we’re looking to build a restaurant in Haverfordwest to satisfy the strong demand.

“We would love to open a new drive-thru in the area, but we’ve not yet been able to find any suitable locations yet, so we’d be keen to hear from anybody with news of a potential site.”

Not everyone is pleased to see big chains coming to Haverfordwest.

Manager of the Welsh Bakery, one of Haverfordwest’s oldest bakeries, Julie Bartie, does not think Greggs will be good for the town.

“It’s the little businesses that are going to suffer, people like us, Snowdrop Bakery and Samuel’s.

“For little business like these to keep on going for so many years is an achievement. The Welsh Bakery had been in Milford Haven for 30 years and here for 20 years but we can’t compete with their cheap prices.”

Julie added that all Welsh Bakery products are made using local ingredients and made fresh every day.

“It’s a bit of bad news, people will try it but hopefully they’ll come back for the quality,” added Julie.

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1:59pm Sun 23 May 10

Andrew Lye says...

KFC coming to Haverfordwest would be the icing on the cake?
Cllr Edwards obviously doesn't get out much.
KFC coming to Haverfordwest would be the icing on the cake? Cllr Edwards obviously doesn't get out much. Andrew Lye
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10:14am Mon 24 May 10

Barry_Fundle says...

No, not competing with Carmarthen at all.

Carmarthen has got a new shopping precinct with a 6-screen digital 3D cinema and a range of new high street shops including Topshop and Debenhams.

Haverfordwest? It's got weeds growing out from the cracks in the pavement and a stench of urine on Bridge Street. It's a nice place to be if you're a rat.

As for Greggs causing pain to the established sandwich shops/bakeries - that's just ridiculous. Do none of these business owners understand the basic concept of 'healthy competition'? They've been two fish in a stagnant pond for too long, so they'd better get used to competing for trade like everyone else.
No, not competing with Carmarthen at all. Carmarthen has got a new shopping precinct with a 6-screen digital 3D cinema and a range of new high street shops including Topshop and Debenhams. Haverfordwest? It's got weeds growing out from the cracks in the pavement and a stench of urine on Bridge Street. It's a nice place to be if you're a rat. As for Greggs causing pain to the established sandwich shops/bakeries - that's just ridiculous. Do none of these business owners understand the basic concept of 'healthy competition'? They've been two fish in a stagnant pond for too long, so they'd better get used to competing for trade like everyone else. Barry_Fundle
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1:09am Tue 25 May 10

Peter Warrender says...

New stores opening in Haverfordwest will create a few part time jobs, but I hope it is not at the expense of local small businesses. The only chance these small food stores have, is the fact they produce a better product than the tasteless mass produced nationwide rubbish. Support our local shops, along with our farmers. KFC yet another fast food outlet, maybe we should rename "fast food" but without the "s"
New stores opening in Haverfordwest will create a few part time jobs, but I hope it is not at the expense of local small businesses. The only chance these small food stores have, is the fact they produce a better product than the tasteless mass produced nationwide rubbish. Support our local shops, along with our farmers. KFC yet another fast food outlet, maybe we should rename "fast food" but without the "s" Peter Warrender
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10:00pm Tue 25 May 10

teifion says...

Andrew Lye wrote:
KFC coming to Haverfordwest would be the icing on the cake? Cllr Edwards obviously doesn't get out much.
yes i smiled there as well - its like calling Lidls upmarket ;-)
Seriously though the sort that frequents KFC would I suggest stop decent people coming here - cardboard boxes and scummy food on pavements - luverly
[quote][p][bold]Andrew Lye[/bold] wrote: KFC coming to Haverfordwest would be the icing on the cake? Cllr Edwards obviously doesn't get out much.[/p][/quote]yes i smiled there as well - its like calling Lidls upmarket ;-) Seriously though the sort that frequents KFC would I suggest stop decent people coming here - cardboard boxes and scummy food on pavements - luverly teifion
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