A NEW look supermarket has re-opened its doors after undergoing major redevelopment.
The newly-expanded Sainsbury’s store in Newsteads Drive, Whitley Bay, opened its doors at 9am yesterday (Wednesday).
And performing the honours were two of the shop’s most loyal customers, Harry Hill, 85, and Ted Hunter, 84, who have both shopped at the store since it first opened on December 8, 1989.
They were joined by Gayleen Webster, one of 18 members of staff to have worked at the store since it opened 21 years ago, and her colleague David Pick.
Store manager Gerry Storey said: “Harry and Ted shop every day and are known by everyone at the store.
“When Harry didn’t show one morning, we even called his house to make sure he was okay – but he was just coming in later than usual after an appointment.
“It seemed only right that our most loyal customers join two of our colleagues in officially re-opening the store as we launch our new-look.
“Both Gayleen and David are inspirational in their commitment to the store and are popular with both colleagues and customers, so who better to cut the ribbon?”
Also on hand to mark the re-opening of the store – which has been expanded from 47,000 sq ft to 60,000 sq ft – were 60 new members of staff.
And today (Thursday), pupils from Southridge First school helped staff at the store bury a time capsule at the site.