SAINSBURY’S replacement Mansfield superstore has opened its doors to customers, creating 90 new jobs.
Mansfield Paralympic swimmer Charlotte Henshaw, who will be representing Great Britain during this year’s games, and Coun Kate Allsop, Mansfield District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, took part in an opening ceremony last Wednesday.
The pair cut a ribbon to officially open the new store to customers and were joined by the store manager, members of the Sainsbury’s Project Team and a number of colleagues who were employed by Safeway when the original store was built in 1990 and are still with Sainsbury’s today.
With a sales area of 60,000sqft, the new store is over twice as big as its predecessor, providing customers with a wider range of food and non-food products, with TU clothing and homeware ranges, as well as fresh food counters and a customer café. The development also features a new petrol station and car wash facility.
Around 90 new jobs have been created for local people, with existing workers transferring from the old store, after an eight-month building project at the Nottingham Road site.
Whilst larger than the existing store, the replacement is significantly more energy efficient and includes a number of ‘green’ measures such as high levels of glazing and roof lights across the whole sales area to reduce the reliance on artificial lighting.
A new biomass boiler located within the service yard will provide the store with heating and hot water by burning wood pellet fuel.
Rainwater harvesting and motion sensor lighting has also made the store greener, whilst the development is regenerating a vacant site, formerly occupied by Boneham & Turner.
The next phase of works will see the old store dismantled and removed and the new car park layout completed. The fitting-out of the new ALDI store, which is located adjacent to Sainsbury’s, will also progress.
Store manager, Darran Bateman, said: “We’re delighted with the new store and I know our customers are going to love all the features.”
We’re also very proud to have created employment for local people.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank local residents and traders for all their patience.”
throughout the works.”
Coun Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder of Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council, said: “It was a privilege to formally open the new Sainsbury’s store. This investment in Mansfield shows real confidence in our district. We have benefited not only from the new jobs created but a new road junction which will help ease traffic on what has become a major leisure corridor.”