Open for business

Joseph Bulmer

Shoppers flock to new Barnstaple Tesco store

BARNSTAPLE’S brand new Tesco Extra store opened for business this week.

The car park was already chock-a-block by the time the supermarket was officially opened at 10am on Monday morning, as shoppers flocked to be the first through the doors of the giant Seven Brethren Bank store.

The clamour continued throughout the day and peaked during the late afternoon, with some shoppers reporting long delays as they tried to exit the car park.

At the opening, Peter Appleton from Tesco Property and store manager Steve Pugh presented senior cancer nurse Charlotte Overney with a �15,000 donation to kick-start an appeal for a new chemotherapy unit at Barnstaple’s North Devon District Hospital.

Mr Pugh said: “My colleagues and I are enjoying welcoming our customers into the new store and we hope that Tesco will become a key part of the local community.

“We strive to offer great value for money with fantastic customer service for people living or working in the area who want a convenient place to shop for all their household and family needs.”

As well as all the everyday, essential items shoppers can expect from Tesco, the store offers a great non-food range including health and beauty, electrical, home entertainment, and family clothing. The store also has an olive bar, a delicatessen counter, fresh fish and meat counters, as well as a hot chicken counter. In addition, the store benefits from an optician, a pharmacy, phone shop, and a customer cafe.

The new store is now open at 6am on Mondays and remains open 24 hours until midnight on Saturdays, and is open from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

On Saturday and Sunday, the store will be hosting a free family fun day for its shoppers with face painters, stilt walkers, and children’s entertainers