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Morecambe FC kick start new Sainsbury's

John Freeman
Sainsbury's Supermarket opening, Morecambe with Store Manager Martin Corban (left) and Morcambe FC manager Sammy Mcllroy Image courtesy Sainsbury's. © Chris Bull/ UNP 01274 412222

Morecambe FC helped to kick off Sainsbury’s newest store opening in Morecambe today.

Manager Sammy McIlroy, players, and team mascot Christie the Cat joined in the celebrations as the store celebrated its opening, providing employment to more than 280 locals.

“As the store is on the site of where the football ground once stood, what better way to mark the site’s heritage than inviting the team to cut the ribbon?" said Store manager Martin Corban. "We’ve even erected a plaque on the site of the old centre spot.

“We’re delighted The Shrimps are helping us to kick things off this week, and are hopeful that the store will score with the customers. We’re proud to be able to offer not only high quality groceries, homeware and entertainment products, but also a real career opportunity to so many locals who are joining us.”

The 40,000 sq ft space features hot food and pizza counters, salad bar, pharmacy, plus large TU clothing, homeware and entertainment sections. The store also has a mezzanine café, 370 car park spaces, and offers Sainsbury’s Click and Collect service, which gives customers the freedom to order garden and homeware products not available in store and pick them up at a time convenient to them.

Joining the football team in the celebrations were pupils from Lancaster Road school choir, as well as representatives from the store’s new charity partner. A Breath for Life, the hyperbaric oxygen treatment centre, will be presented with a cheque for £250 to mark the start of support from store.