It’s been more than four years in the planning but four weeks today, Tesco will open its new multi-million pound store in Newmarket.
The 66,000 square ft Extra store in Fordham Road is one of just two of its kind being opened by the company in the UK this year.
It has taken just nine months to build and will be opened by former Royal jockey Willie Snaith, who opened the current store 26 years ago.
Its state-of-the art design make it one of Tesco’s most eco-friendly. The ventilation scheme uses roof-mounted windcatchers, and large rooflights are designed bring natural daylight into the sales floor cutting the need for artificial light and helping to prevent excess heat gain or loss.
Store manager Alistair Thomson said it was a ‘very exciting time’ for everyone involved with the new venture, including the staff who will be working in the existing store until it closes on October 7 before transferring to the new facility. “We just can’t wait for it to open,” he said.
The old store will be demolished to make way for additional car parking and early next year, the petrol station will close temporarily while a new one is built.
The new store will provide 280 full and part-time jobs. As well as groceries it will be stocking clothing, homeware, electrical goods, and mobile phones. There will also be a bakery, delicatessen counter, pharmacy and customer cafe. and a drive-through style desk where customers can collect goods ordered on line. *To enter the first of our competitions to win £150 to spend in the new store, see page 12.