A SUPERMARKET opened its doors on Wednesday to a fantastic reception.
Customers flocked to the new Sainsbury’s on the Markham Retail Park in Ryhall Road, Stamford, at 9am.
To mark the opening, pupils from Malcolm Sargent Primary School in Stamford sang The Bear Necessities from the Sainsbury’s TV advertisement in the foyer, as well as choir songs.
Mayor of Stamford John Binder cut the ribbon to declare the store open.
He said: “I think it is a massive transformation of the old Focus DIY store and looks really good, incorporating a comfortable cafe.
“It is a big asset to Stamford and I think it will draw in customers to the other shops on the retail park.”
The 21,000 sqft store has clothes, homeware products, DVDs and games, as well as food with hot and fresh food counters.
A puffin crossing has been installed in Ryhall Road.
Before the shop opened, manager Gail Scarlett gave a rousing speech to the 150 staff employed there.
She said: “The shop looks absolutely amazing and I hope people will like it.
“People have been really positive about the store and it is great to have them queuing to get in!”
Sainsbury’s first expressed an interest in building a store in Stamford in 2008 and it has taken three years to bring the plans to fruition.