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More than 100 shoppers queue for opening of new Sainsbury's store
MORE than 100 shoppers queued to experience the new Sainbury’s store as it threw open its doors today.
The new Weymouth store was officially declared open at 9am, and newly appointed manager Steve Jones says it is an 'enormous privilege' for him to manage the 7,170 sq m store off Mercery Road.
Children from St Johns primary school, Southill School and Wyvern Academy together with store manager Steve Jones cut the ribbon at the front of the store declaring it officially open.
Store manager Steve Jones said that despite the wet weather this morning, the queues outside the store together with the community response so far have both been great signs of things to come.
He added: “It’s fantastic to finally declare the store open and to invite the community inside to meet the staff, see the new store and see what we have all been talking about for so long.
“With the wet weather this morning I was aware there may not be many people here for the opening, but we have had queues of more than 100 people waiting for at least an hour.
“I am so pleased with the response from everybody so far, and I can’t wait to see shoppers inside the store and enjoying it.”
Gloria Doherty in her 60s was first in the queue of eager shoppers and had been waiting since 8am. She said: “I am so excited for the new store to finally open and I just can’t wait to get inside and have a look.
“The look of the store from outside is great and the sustainability of the store sounds like a great idea.”
Next in line were Eileen Mitchell, 61, and Brian Mitchell, 71, with their two-year-old granddaughter Abigail.
Mrs Mitchell said: “We thought we’d pop down to the new store to have breakfast here as the cafe looks brilliant.
“We came here today from Tincleton but were only waiting in the queue for ten minutes.
“We can’t wait to get inside and see everything.”
Sainsbury's store picks Wyvern Academy as chosen charity
THE new Sainsbury’s store has picked the Wyvern Academy as its chosen charity this year.
Staff at the store will support the school over the next 12 months through fundraising and volunteering.
Sainsbury’s store manager Steve Jones said: "We’re delighted to be supporting the Wyvern Academy.
“The scheme gives customers and colleagues the chance to work together to support a local cause at the heart of the community.”
Wyvern Academy is a purpose-built Weymouth school for children and young people aged two to 19 with complex needs. It includes a mainstream primary and secondary school and nursery.
The school is looking to raise £35,000 to make the playground more accessible for children with physical and sensory needs.
Leslor Mellor, chair of the Friends of Wyvern, said: ““We’re absolutely delighted Sainsbury’s has chosen to partner us - it’s a dream come true.
“With their support we’re hoping we can turn a dream into a reality. The playground improvements are desperately needed and will make a huge difference to the lives of our pupils.
“The new playground will include a safe climbing area for children to climb and explore and include a special wheelchair swing and wheelchair-accessible roundabout.
“The work will make the play area accessible to all our students. At present there is little for those pupils who use wheelchairs.”
New playground plans include a safe climbing area for children and a special wheelchair swing and wheelchair-accessible roundabout.
To support the Friends of Wyvern visit http://www.wyvern.dorset.sch.uk/friendsofwyvern.
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