Morrisons opens new supermarket in Amble creating more than 100 full and part-time jobs
Morrisons has opened in Amble without the usual fanfare associated with a new store.
The 14,500 sq ft supermarket will create more than 100 full and part-time jobs.
However, social distancing restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic meant opening day celebrations were markedly different to what might have been expected.
The new store will be playing its part to help restock local food banks thanks to weekly deliveries of essential items.
It will be operating its bakery, egg and fruit and veg packing site for an extra hour every day to make, prepare and pack food required to restock the food banks.
Morrisons will also be sending deliveries of canned foods and pasta for distribution to food banks by the store’s community champion, Marion McKenzie Long.
In addition, to make it easier for customers to donate to food banks in store, purchase limits on items will be raised to four items (from three) and some removed altogether.
The Amble store will create ‘local’ drop off points for customers to donate products to those in need and a donation hub will collect these additional products for their local food banks.
During this time of supporting local communities and feeding the nation, the new store will focus on delivering Morrisons core services and essentials for its Amble customers.
In the coming months, it will eventually offer a wide range of features including a coffee bar, garden shop, bakery counter and cake shop, takeaway salad bar, pizza counter, butcher counter, Nutmeg clothing and a selection of Free From products.
The store will also offer a Community Room providing a free meeting space for local groups such as new parents, charities, book clubs, craft groups and gaming communities. To book it, email [email protected].
The supermarket forms part of a wider plan to create Amble Retail Park on the southern gateway into the town.
The development will be complemented by a number of other national and local retailers, a petrol filling station and a drive thru coffee shop.