A NEW Tesco store opening in Blackpool will see jobs saved.
The former Royal pub on Marton Drive is currently being converted into a Tesco Express store, with the One Stop convenience store subsequently closing down.
But staff will move from their current positions at One Stop to new jobs at Tesco in a move made possible as the Tesco Group own the One Stop chain.
The move has come about after the Tesco store, which is set to be opened on January 14, was developed next door to the One Stop shop which could no longer compete.
David Owen, ward councillor for Blackpool Council has praised the supermarket giant for allowing the staff at One Stop to keep their jobs.
He said: “People have got mixed views of the Tesco development at the former pub, because it’s very hard to lose the pub which has been at the heart of a community.
“But given Tesco’s prominence I’m sure it will have a positive impact on local people and it’s good news people who would otherwise have lost their jobs are being transferred.”
“It’s very good news for them and it’s good to hear of a major retailer showing every signs of being a good employer.”
A spokesman from Tesco said: “It has worked out well that we can move the staff across to our new Express store.”
Meanwhile, to celebrate the store’s launch on Friday £500 is to be donated to Blackpool Women’s Centre as part of Tesco’s commitment to helping the local community.
Centre co-ordinator Charley Wilkinson will be present on the day to receive the money.
Tesco Express store manager Paul Warren said: “We were delighted to be able to support Blackpool Women’s Centre and Blackpool Advocacy, as they do such wonderful work for the local community.
“We are really pleased that Charley is coming to launch the new store and join in the celebrations with us.”