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WH SMITH EXCITEMENT IN SALFORD
 

Star date: 29th May 2010 

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CAN WE CONTAIN OUR JOY IN SALFORD?

Oh my word! Oh my Lord! Oh my gosh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!!! I nearly wet my knickers when I received the latest update from MediaCityUK… Yes, a company that isn't backed with wads of cash from North West Development Agency is actually going to move into the place!

So which company is moving into MediaCityUK? Is it Google? Is it Disney Studios? Is it Pixar? Nah… To quote my MediaCity News bulletin "WHSmith is to open a kiosk"… How can we ever live with such excitement?

Click here for more knicker wetting joyous details of the deal…


WH SMITH KIOSK TO OPEN IN SALFORD IN 2011!!!

Break out the bubbly… Get the flags out… Call in the Mayor to open it… WH Smith is opening a kiosk at MediaCityUK. And Peel Media, which owns the place, actually sent out a press release about it. Apparently it's going to be selling "newspapers and magazines, stationery, books, confectionery and drinks".

Bryan Gray, Chairman of Peel Media, obviously couldn't contain his joy either as he commented… "WH Smith are a well-known high street brand and we are pleased that they will be serving the needs of visitors, residents and employees at MediaCityUK."

For those of a nervous disposition please look away now… but the kiosk is going to be 1000 square feet! That's just over 30feet x 30feet! And one eightieth of the total retail and leisure space available in Phase 1 of MediaCityUK.

The kiosk will be located in the `open centre' so we will all be able to visit it too! I'm sure this is one of the reasons why Nicky Campbell has decided to re-locate to Salford… but he'll have to get in the queue for a job with Smiths… We were here first!

 

 

Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 9:08:08 AM on Friday, July 16, 2010
JMonkey... If you are going to make statements like the one's you have just made at least have the dignity to say who you work for. Perhaps you are a member of the Northwest Media thats moved in at the old pie works, thats great. I once worked there myself, in a junior role in personnel, when it was what it said on the tin, A pie factory, the parent company moved out and the media companies moved in. Unlike yourself, I've actually kept up to speed on this development. I am one of those living a stones throw from the New BBC Building. And YES, in the round I'm generally supportive. However, I become dubious when i read the stories (Coming out of London, I may add) of the sweeteners given to BBC staff and staff from other organisations planting themselves outside my front door. It's already been quoted by the owners of the land, You need to get the locals involved, they didn't last time...and thats something thats been acknowledged by the Board and Creators of Mediacity UK. They've made good steps, sponsoring a local high school (or should that be Academy?), but if London based media companies Merely commute their staff up and down the Trafford Road, what kind of opportunities will they have? Granted, We now have the Lowry and the Imperial War Museum (World Class Institutions), but even then, in their infancy, people thought there was something 'elitist' about them. Go on this site and read the articles. Since then, The community has played a part in both publicly funded projects and it works. I hope that when the site is finalised, the partners of the project get involved with the community and allow for some 'ownership' of what the community have on their doorstep, or else i may see the complete opposite with a 'them' and 'us' approach returning.
 
Jmonkey wrote
at 5:58:51 AM on Friday, July 16, 2010
As an employee of one of the companies whose moving in to MediaCity, I can safely say that none of you have any idea what you're talking about.
 
jan taylor wrote
at 4:06:48 AM on Friday, July 16, 2010
on the face of it maybe the place will create jobs,but what kind of jobs will they be,and how many,and who for,and to reply to the man who lives on Littleton Road,how indeed will he get there to buy his paper from this wonderful new 'much needed' branch of WH Smith,but how will the people from the Height,Swinton,Pendlebury etc etc get there,even if they are lucky enough to get a job.With the woeful transport system provided by GMPTE,which does not seem to be making any effort to address the problem.Not much good to get a job when you can't get to work because the so-called public transport system does not provide you with the means,you end up spending all your meagre wage on taxi fare to get there instead!
 
Dan wrote
at 9:22:58 AM on Thursday, June 10, 2010
as someone who works heavily with a lot of companies involved with Media City including the URC, I am qualified to say that it wil not benefit salfordians in the slightest, just generate an influx oif yuppies from london, who can afford to pay the hosuing prices which will be vastly inflated when media city opens.
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 5:14:21 PM on Wednesday, June 9, 2010
In response to steve, let me say as a member of the community the new developments are springing up opposite, i'm not cynical, but am slightly dubious of the fat relocation grants given to the major stars of the corporation when they eventually move in. Will I be living by Mediaville come 2012? I Do Hope so but its Not likely - the BBC will be there, independant producers will be using the facilities of the old pie factory and of course the shops et al will be there - but lets not kid ourselves - ITV have already said they're staying at Quay St, so unless they're working out of the O/Bs/or sound stages at the Pie Factory its a BBC show, which is why all the London based incentives have been made! On a positive note - I do hope the New Academy gets a look in when its media inspired trainees get their qualifications - if the corporation stick to their usual policy of 'graduates' we'll hit a major sticking point on local employment prospects (promised by the project)
 
Steve wrote
at 11:11:39 AM on Sunday, May 30, 2010
I don't get the Star's continued cynicism about the Media City development. It's going to create a lot of jobs, many of them for Salford residents. It's going to attract a lot of attention to Salford when programmes made here are broadcast nationally and internationally. If the local magazine keeps attacking it there will be a permanent negative feeling about it that won't do anyone any good. Can't we have some constructive criticism sometimes and not continuous negative cynicism?
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 6:52:47 AM on Sunday, May 30, 2010
Hey if they can get another eighty kiosks opened they will have filled the place. Now how do I get from Littleton Road to buy me Daily Star from the new WH Smith?
 
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