FIFTEEN jobs have been created with the opening of a new Sainsbury’s store on the Fylde coast.
The shop, which was officially opened on Victoria Road West, Cleveleys, yesterday, has also pledged to support children’s hospice Brian House.
Store Manager Richard Hayes, said: “We’re looking forward to opening the new store and to becoming an active party of the local community.
“To begin our commitment of supporting our local community, Sainsbury’s have donated a cheque for £500 to Brian House.”
New recruit Robert Conn said he was looking forward to working in Cleveleys.
The store, which was opened by representatives of Brian House, has been built on the site of the former Nursery World premises.
Plans for the supermarket, submitted in September, were met with a mixed reaction by locals.
Some hoped the store will bring more footfall to a ‘quiet’ end of the Victoria Road West while others felt there are already too many convenience stores.
Martin Hunns, former chair of Cleveleys Chamber of Trade said: “I was originally against these plans because the area already has a Tesco and Morrisons.
“The new shop has parking outside which will encourage shoppers to stop off at Sainsbury’s instead of driving into Cleveleys.
“Yes it has created 15 jobs but I just hope it doesn’t lead to job losses at other local stores, we will have to wait and see.”