Newmarket’s Tesco store in Fordham Road is celebrating 25 years trading in the town.
It was in October 1988 that the current store first opened it doors to customers. The 24,000 square foot ‘superstore’ was one of 18 that opened their doors across the country that year as part of a £450 million investment by Tesco creating around 10,000 jobs nationwide. It replaced the existing Tesco store which was in Hammond Close.
On Friday store manager, Alistair Thomson, got together with staff who had been at the store from the start and some who had worked at the store in replaced, for a photograph to mark a quarter of a century of trading.
Soon this store will be replaced by a new and much larger shop which is set to be built on a neighbouring site on The Oaks business park. It will be more than 106,000 sq ft and was given planning permission back in May by Forest Heath councillors who also approved plans for a new Morrisons store for the town in Exning Road.
The current Tesco store will be demolished to make way for a 660-space car park and replacement petrol station but it will remain trading right up until the new branch opens, which is expected to be sometime next year.
To mark the 25th anniversary Tesco has teamed up with the Journal to give readers the chance to win £100 to spend in the store each week for three weeks.
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