Double-sized store to open for Christmas

An artist's impression of the new Sainsbury's store at the Parsonage Retail Park in Leigh
An artist's impression of the new Sainsbury's store at the Parsonage Retail Park in Leigh

A SUPERMARKET giant is hoping to open its new Leigh store in time for Christmas.

Sainsbury’s is currently operating from a temporary store on the Parsonage Retail Park while the new 78,000sq ft building is constructed.

The new store will be more than double the size of the old store, and the supermarket hopes the efforts to put the new store up will be rewarded with a rush of pre-Christmas shopping when it opens in early December.

The supermarket is expected to create around 200 jobs and will stock a large range of food, clothing and homeware, including a new pizza counter and takeaway.

The company is also keen to reduce its carbon footprint, with the new store including green measures such as rainwater harvesting, energy-efficient freezers and plans to recycle up to 85 per cent of the construction waste from the project.

The supermarket opened the temporary store following an all-night effort by staff to move the entire stock out of the old building into the new short-term home.

Store manager Julia Blackett said: “Customers can still buy their favourite products in our temporary store until the new store is ready and I’d like to thank shoppers for their patience.

“The new store will provide a much bigger and better range of food, homeware and TU clothing and just in time for Christmas.”