Extra choice as Sainsbury’s sets date for opening in Stamford

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SHOPPERS can expect more choice as one supermarket moves in and others increase opening hours and improve facilities.

Sainsbury’s will open the doors of its new store in the Markham Retail Park in Ryhall Road, Stamford, at 9am on November 30.

The chain has refurbished the former Focus DIY building and will provide another option for shoppers in the town.

New manager Gail Scarlett, who lit the bonfire at the fireworks event at Blackstones Sports and Social Club on Saturday, said: “I am very proud to be opening the store in Stamford and I am sure that customers will be delighted with the transformation of the Focus store.”

“It is also an honour to be lighting the fire at Blackstones social club, my first community activity of which there will be many more once the store opens.”

Work on the new store is almost complete, according to the chain, which has filled more than 120 positions ready for opening.

The 21,104sq ft shop floor will feature the usual groceries along with fresh and hot food counters, Sainsbury’s Homewares and TU clothing ranges, a customer café on a mezzanine level and disabled and parent and child facilities.

Meanwhile Lidl, also in the Markham Retail Park, will be reopened on Monday after a series of improvements by Mayor of Stamford Coun John Binder.

The new-look store will feature a fully glazed shopfront, new lighting and flooring and a bigger trolley bay.

Opening hours will increase to 8am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sundays.

Spokesman Clare Norman from Lidl said: “We are excited to unveil our new improved Lidl store to the residents of Stamford. The new store incorporates a number of eco-friendly technologies such as more efficient lighting and refrigeration.

“All the improvements should make for a greatly enhanced shopping experience for our customers.”

Waitrose, in West Street, is also increasing its opening hours. From Monday the store will be open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 8am to 8pm Saturdays and 10am to 4pm Sundays. The store will be open for browsing from 9.45am on Sundays.