A new supermarket has opened to customers in Sheffield, creating hundreds of jobs at the same time.
The Sainsbury’s store at Wadsley Bridge was officially unveiled this week by pupils from Rivelin and Malid Bridge primary schools, who designed new bags to be used in store.
Sheffield Wednesday mascot Ozzie the Owl also joined in the celebrations.
As part of the store’s construction a roundabout at Leppings Lane and Penistone Road, Hillsborough, was changed into a junction.
The move caused weeks of traffic congestion and affected trade at nearby businesses.
Fears were also raised after pedestrian crossings were removed with no alternative for three weeks, but all the work has now been completed.
The store is built on stilts above a car park with 450 spaces and six charging points for electric vehicles.
It employs 290 people and Sainsbury’s says the majority of workers are from the north Sheffield area.
Store manager, Chris Addleton, said: “It has been great to see and meet so many people.
“The team and I are excited that the store is now open and we’re looking forward to getting to know the local community better.
“We will soon be choosing our charity of the year and that will be the focus of the team’s fundrising efforts for the coming year.”
The new store includes a restaurant for customers and an in-house dentist.
Neil Jackson, operations manager at Barr Construction, said the store was builty on stilts to maximis e space. It has a timber frame to speed up construction
The new Sainsbury’s store opened its doors on Wednesday.