Tesco confirm opening date for new Penwortham superstore
Retail giant Tesco has officially announced its new Penwortham superstore will open at the end of next month - the company's first large store anywhere for six years.
As revealed by the Post two weeks ago, the store in Cop Lane will open its doors on Friday January 29, creating 70 new jobs.
The supermarket, which will also have a petrol station, will provide eight electric vehicle charging points which will be free to use by Tesco customers.
The company says the 25,000 sq ft superstore will be running all Tesco’s community programmes which help the local community through grants and food donations.
Tesco’s Bags of Help uses money from the sale of plastic bags to give funding to local groups to help them bring projects to life. The scheme has already donated a total of £1,765,722 in Lancashire, including £94,520 in South Ribble.
The store will also be part of Tesco’s Community Food Connection (CFC) which takes surplus food, that is still fit for use, and donates it daily to local groups and food banks to help those who need it most in the community.
Stores across Lancashire have already donated more than 1.2m meals to foodbank charities and community groups helping people who need support the most.
James Garland, store director, said: “I’m incredibly proud that the newest Tesco store will be opening in Penwortham and we hope it will be a boost to the local community and economy.
“Our colleagues in stores are the heartbeat of Tesco and their local knowledge and commitment means that we can serve customers a little better every day.”
Any local groups that would benefit from this funding are encouraged to apply. The process is managed through the company's partner charity Groundwork’s website. www.tescobagsofhelp.org.uk
Through distribution partners, FareShare and Groundwork, local groups across the country are dedicated to ensuring that the most vulnerable within local communities are supplied with essentials even if they cannot leave home.
The Community Food Connection scheme is run in partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare. Each month more than a million meals of food are donated.
The store will be open 7 days a week – 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
Since Tesco launched its food donations programme in 2012 it donated more than 90 million meals from its stores and distribution centres