Booths in talks over supermarket deal at Malton livestock market redevelopment scheme

Gazette & Herald: An artist’s impression of the proposed redevelopment of the Malton livestock market An artist’s impression of the proposed redevelopment of the Malton livestock market

BOOTHS has announced it is entering into exclusive negotiations to lease the supermarket which forms the anchor of the livestock market redevelopment scheme in Malton.

Edwin Booth, chairman of Booths, has given the Fitzwilliam Malton Estate, which owns the site, written confirmation of the firm’s intentions.

Mr Booth said he judged that the size of store met the identified need in the Malton area and will offer a full range of quality food and drink to complement established retailers in the town centre.

The site already has outline planning permission, for a medium-sized food hall, three retail units and a 170-space car park.

Graham Booth, the firm’s property director, said: “The ethos of Booths, which focuses on strong relationships with the best local suppliers devoted to producing great food and drink fits perfectly with Malton’s aim to become Yorkshire’s Food Capital. We share a vision to retail food and drink made in the region with care, integrity and pride.”

Mr Booth added: “It’s also important that the buildings Booths trade from fit sympathetically with the character of local buildings. I am particularly impressed with the designs by architect Jan Maciag, and how the development fits naturally and sympathetically into Malton’s historic town centre.”

Roddy Bushell, estate manager for Fitzwilliam Malton Estate, said: “This is very good news and a shot in the arm for the town. Booths is exactly the high quality retailer we were seeking to open in Malton.

“Booths has an offer firmly based on good quality food and has a genuine passion for locally-sourced food.

This chimes exactly with Malton’s growing reputation as Yorkshire’s food capital.”

The two parties believe the store will open in 2016.

Mayor of Malton Councillor Joan Lawrence, said: “I think a upmarket supermarket would be good for the town. We need something different and we need food stores across the board to suit everyone’s pocket.”

Denys Townsend, chairman of Malton and Norton Chamber of Trade, said: “I am pleased to have an anchor for the site in the name of Booth’s confirmed and look forward to the plans going forward.”

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5:08pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Maltonian says...

Interesting that the anti-Wentworth Street supermarket protestors don't see this as a threat to Malton town centre shops as well.
Interesting that the anti-Wentworth Street supermarket protestors don't see this as a threat to Malton town centre shops as well. Maltonian
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7:13pm Wed 12 Mar 14

debate-is-good says...

The whole reason why Booths is more appropriate for Malton than Tesco is that it appeals to those who like shopping in independent shops, so it complements the current town centre offer rather than taking away from it. There is overwhelming support from the independent traders, the Malton and Norton Chamber of Trade, Malton and Norton Town Councils... the list goes on. Look at what Booths has done to help towns like Ilkley and Ripon...
The whole reason why Booths is more appropriate for Malton than Tesco is that it appeals to those who like shopping in independent shops, so it complements the current town centre offer rather than taking away from it. There is overwhelming support from the independent traders, the Malton and Norton Chamber of Trade, Malton and Norton Town Councils... the list goes on. Look at what Booths has done to help towns like Ilkley and Ripon... debate-is-good
  • Score: 3

7:42pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Maltonian says...

debate-is-good wrote:
The whole reason why Booths is more appropriate for Malton than Tesco is that it appeals to those who like shopping in independent shops, so it complements the current town centre offer rather than taking away from it. There is overwhelming support from the independent traders, the Malton and Norton Chamber of Trade, Malton and Norton Town Councils... the list goes on. Look at what Booths has done to help towns like Ilkley and Ripon...
Well I'll look forward to the swathes of town centre shops which have been empty for years coming back into use then - not that I'll notice as Booths will be quite close to where I live, so I doubt I'll make it into the town any more.
[quote][p][bold]debate-is-good[/bold] wrote: The whole reason why Booths is more appropriate for Malton than Tesco is that it appeals to those who like shopping in independent shops, so it complements the current town centre offer rather than taking away from it. There is overwhelming support from the independent traders, the Malton and Norton Chamber of Trade, Malton and Norton Town Councils... the list goes on. Look at what Booths has done to help towns like Ilkley and Ripon...[/p][/quote]Well I'll look forward to the swathes of town centre shops which have been empty for years coming back into use then - not that I'll notice as Booths will be quite close to where I live, so I doubt I'll make it into the town any more. Maltonian
  • Score: 4

6:49am Thu 13 Mar 14

maltonmum says...

I'm inclined to agree with Maltonian here. Surely Booths appeals to the same market to that of the independent retailers and is therfore much more of a threat to them than any large supermarket chain on Wentwoth Street carpark. As a working mum, I want affordable shopping brought to Malton, not another overpriced retailer forcing me to take my business to Monks Cross. I don't see the logic!
I'm inclined to agree with Maltonian here. Surely Booths appeals to the same market to that of the independent retailers and is therfore much more of a threat to them than any large supermarket chain on Wentwoth Street carpark. As a working mum, I want affordable shopping brought to Malton, not another overpriced retailer forcing me to take my business to Monks Cross. I don't see the logic! maltonmum
  • Score: 1

7:12am Thu 13 Mar 14

Maltonian says...

maltonmum wrote:
I'm inclined to agree with Maltonian here. Surely Booths appeals to the same market to that of the independent retailers and is therfore much more of a threat to them than any large supermarket chain on Wentwoth Street carpark. As a working mum, I want affordable shopping brought to Malton, not another overpriced retailer forcing me to take my business to Monks Cross. I don't see the logic!
Precisely Maltonmum. Look at Thirsk, Northallerton and Beverley - all have a Tesco just off the town centre, and all have thriving shopping areas, with very few empty shops. Until rents in Malton reflect market demand, shops will remain empty. A few elitist anti-supermarket protestors may think that they can dictate our shopping provision and habits. They can't - people will just take their trade elsewhere. Like it or not, people use supermarkets!
[quote][p][bold]maltonmum[/bold] wrote: I'm inclined to agree with Maltonian here. Surely Booths appeals to the same market to that of the independent retailers and is therfore much more of a threat to them than any large supermarket chain on Wentwoth Street carpark. As a working mum, I want affordable shopping brought to Malton, not another overpriced retailer forcing me to take my business to Monks Cross. I don't see the logic![/p][/quote]Precisely Maltonmum. Look at Thirsk, Northallerton and Beverley - all have a Tesco just off the town centre, and all have thriving shopping areas, with very few empty shops. Until rents in Malton reflect market demand, shops will remain empty. A few elitist anti-supermarket protestors may think that they can dictate our shopping provision and habits. They can't - people will just take their trade elsewhere. Like it or not, people use supermarkets! Maltonian
  • Score: 5

11:50am Thu 13 Mar 14

Thetraveller says...

But as debate-is-good says, look also at Ripon, Ilkley and Settle - all have a Booths just off the town centre, and all also have thriving shopping areas with very few empty shops, and with many independent retailers who benefit from the spin-off business which Booths attracts to their towns, by appealing to people who don't already shop there as well as to those who do. In contrast, a larger Tesco at Wentworth Street would sell non-food and petrol as well as food, and that's much more likely to drain trade away from a wider range of the current town centre shops. Not everyone in Malton who doesn't want Tesco is an 'elitist' - plus we already have a choice of discount retailers in Malton/Norton (Yorkshire Trading, Heron Foods, Morrisons and Lidl all spring to mind). In my view, Tesco would be detrimental to most of the existing retail businesses in Malton, by selling what they do at lower prices from a site which is not as well linked to the existing town centre. In contrast, Booths will attract shoppers with spending power, supporting jobs and keeping that spend in Ryedale. That's a key reason why the town council and the Chamber of Trade are welcoming Booths' proposals.
But as debate-is-good says, look also at Ripon, Ilkley and Settle - all have a Booths just off the town centre, and all also have thriving shopping areas with very few empty shops, and with many independent retailers who benefit from the spin-off business which Booths attracts to their towns, by appealing to people who don't already shop there as well as to those who do. In contrast, a larger Tesco at Wentworth Street would sell non-food and petrol as well as food, and that's much more likely to drain trade away from a wider range of the current town centre shops. Not everyone in Malton who doesn't want Tesco is an 'elitist' - plus we already have a choice of discount retailers in Malton/Norton (Yorkshire Trading, Heron Foods, Morrisons and Lidl all spring to mind). In my view, Tesco would be detrimental to most of the existing retail businesses in Malton, by selling what they do at lower prices from a site which is not as well linked to the existing town centre. In contrast, Booths will attract shoppers with spending power, supporting jobs and keeping that spend in Ryedale. That's a key reason why the town council and the Chamber of Trade are welcoming Booths' proposals. Thetraveller
  • Score: 8

12:49pm Thu 13 Mar 14

RBofMalton says...

It seems to be getting the case, whilst those against the proposal at Wentworth continue with their view that it will be bad news for local independant retailers, the people supporting it have taken to having digs and making sweeping statements about protesters etc. Whatever your view you lose any argument once you do that, it is my hope those in power can see Booth's proposal is the best for the town.
It seems to be getting the case, whilst those against the proposal at Wentworth continue with their view that it will be bad news for local independant retailers, the people supporting it have taken to having digs and making sweeping statements about protesters etc. Whatever your view you lose any argument once you do that, it is my hope those in power can see Booth's proposal is the best for the town. RBofMalton
  • Score: 3

9:06am Fri 14 Mar 14

Roger S says...

Malton is a lot more like Thirsk than Ripon or Ilkley. Now we have Booths interest the debate is a lot more live but you do wonder with the estate hoping to build 800 houses on the back of the new local plan and moving the cattle market, how many palms have been greased for this to happen e.g. free rents, meals, houses and so on

Malton must need a new petrol station in the midst of all of this and wentworth offers one. 35% of all new houses will be affordable and morrisons gets packed already on a weekend as does the town.

I think there is room for both schemes and the wentworth is a town centre car park. Many local traders have been put up to protesting by their estate landlord but they don't understand the true effects. Many shoppers go where they can fill up the car.
Malton is a lot more like Thirsk than Ripon or Ilkley. Now we have Booths interest the debate is a lot more live but you do wonder with the estate hoping to build 800 houses on the back of the new local plan and moving the cattle market, how many palms have been greased for this to happen e.g. free rents, meals, houses and so on Malton must need a new petrol station in the midst of all of this and wentworth offers one. 35% of all new houses will be affordable and morrisons gets packed already on a weekend as does the town. I think there is room for both schemes and the wentworth is a town centre car park. Many local traders have been put up to protesting by their estate landlord but they don't understand the true effects. Many shoppers go where they can fill up the car. Roger S
  • Score: 2

9:20pm Sun 16 Mar 14

alan1204 says...

If Booths move in to Malton beware of high prices as Booths is a high price supermarket with no consideration to the work force only to the owners . As a previous employee of Booths at their Settle shore I know how the treat their staff that is poor . As for changing the livestock market in to a supermarket it will change Malton to much and spoil the overall atmosphere of a good small town and make it in to a second rate town with more closed shops as people will drive away from the main street and just to the supermarket that is to be plannned
If Booths move in to Malton beware of high prices as Booths is a high price supermarket with no consideration to the work force only to the owners . As a previous employee of Booths at their Settle shore I know how the treat their staff that is poor . As for changing the livestock market in to a supermarket it will change Malton to much and spoil the overall atmosphere of a good small town and make it in to a second rate town with more closed shops as people will drive away from the main street and just to the supermarket that is to be plannned alan1204
  • Score: 2

3:07pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Adrian Con says...

What about the people who live near the cattle market site? A food hall/supermarket will have refrigeration on all the time buzzing all night. Also the lorries of deliveries, what time and how many will there be? Horsemarket Road is already over used by heavy lorries, which are shaking the foundations to pieces! The car park will be a waste of time also, people will not pay to park they will do what they do know but on a greater scale and park outside the house on Victoria Rd or Hprsemarket Rd. Like the parents of the children who attend kirkham dance school, who show no regard for the residents and just park anywhere to drop there kids on the door step! Saturday is an absolute joke!
What about the people who live near the cattle market site? A food hall/supermarket will have refrigeration on all the time buzzing all night. Also the lorries of deliveries, what time and how many will there be? Horsemarket Road is already over used by heavy lorries, which are shaking the foundations to pieces! The car park will be a waste of time also, people will not pay to park they will do what they do know but on a greater scale and park outside the house on Victoria Rd or Hprsemarket Rd. Like the parents of the children who attend kirkham dance school, who show no regard for the residents and just park anywhere to drop there kids on the door step! Saturday is an absolute joke! Adrian Con
  • Score: 1

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