The keys to the new Tesco store in Corby were handed over to its manager today (January 14) as the countdown begins to the grand opening.
Project manager Andy Pennell of Barr Construction handed the keys to George King, marking the end of the structural work at store off Oakley Road. With less than two weeks to go,
Mr King and his team will now start stocking shelves and completing the final preparations before the opening later this month.
He said: “It is great that as a team we can take the next step and make all the finishing touches and ensure that the store is ready to welcome the first customers.
“We will work hard over the coming days to stock the store with a wide a range a fresh produce and kitchen cupboard staples, as well as ensuring the additional services including the beauty world, pharmacy, opticians, family cafe and clothing department are all ready.”
The new eco supermarket created 350 new jobs for the area and more than 3,500 people applied to work there.
It will open at 8am on Thursday, January 24, with official launch celebrations taking place at 10am when £1,000 will be donated to charity.
Customers will also be treated to complimentary cake, champagne and orange juice and a local piper will play at the opening.
Mr King said: “We are delighted the opening is almost upon us as my team and I have been working and training hard over the past few months to ensure that we are able to deliver the best possible customer service, great value, range and convenience for the Corby community.
“The fact this is an eco store is also important to us and the team are all being encouraged to support our pledge and cycle and walk to work if possible.”
The store will open from 0.01am on Monday for 24 hours until midnight on Saturday, and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.