New South Molton Sainsbury's open for business
A NEW supermarket has opened its doors to shoppers - and 33 new members of staff - in South Molton today (Wednesday).The new positions have been created alongside staff who have transferred from the former Somerfield after Sainsbury s bought the New Road
A NEW supermarket has opened its doors to shoppers - and 33 new members of staff - in South Molton today (Wednesday).
The new positions have been created alongside staff who have transferred from the former Somerfield after Sainsbury's bought the New Road store from owners the Co-operative Group in June this year.
The supermarket closed in August to undergo an extensive refit and re-branding and was officially opened by long-serving colleague Libby Bale, a familiar face in South Molton, having spent more than 30 years working in the store when it was a Somerfield.
Helping Libby perform the ribbon-cutting duties was store manager John Lambert, who presented the supermarket's first customer with a bouquet of flowers.
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Mr Lambert said: "We're proud of our new store but the best part of opening is getting to know the local community.
"It's been great meeting new people and we're looking forward to making a positive difference here. We've already started this process by selecting the North Devon Hospice as our charity of the year.
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"Now we're open, we'll be organising fundraising events and looking at how we can volunteer our time to support the hospice."
The 10,000 sq ft store has a bakery, a cash machine and four self-scan checkouts for customers with only a few items.