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The new Tesco Express opens in Mundesley. Left to right, Mundesley Youth and Community Group chairman Amanda Ng, chairman of the parish council Christopher West and store manager Phil Whitling. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The new Mundesley Tesco Extra store is based on the site of the former Ray’s Stores in Cromer Road.
The doors were opened by store manager Phil Whitling on Friday at 8am, while guests of honour, Mundesley Parish council chairman Christopher West and Amanda Ng, chairman of the Mundesley Youth and Community group cut the ribbon at the new store when it was officially opened at 10.30am.
The store sells a range of goods including groceries, fresh bakery products and newspapers. It also has a ‘click and collect’ point for goods ordered online and an ATM machine.
When the plans for the store were first announced traders had started a petition, with worries it would impact on existing businesses in the village but Tesco said it would not be competing with any of the local shops.
Mr Whiting said the feedback they had received from people over the past few weeks leading up to the opening had been positive.
He said: “The feedback we have had while we have been working here in the last few weeks is that people have been looking forward to the store opening.”
Speaking about the opening day he said: “We have had quite a few customers through the door and they have been really positive.”
Amanda Ng, chairman of the Mundesley Youth and Community group who help raise money to build facilities or children in the village said Tesco had given them a donation of £500 which was presented to them at the opening on Friday .
The group is a blend of young people, parents, police, councillors, residents and businesses which has been working with the parish council to develop new facilities and services for the community.
She said: “It is fantastic to have the donation, and lovely to have Tesco in Mundesley, we hope this will be the start of a long relationship.”
Eighteen full and part time jobs have been created at the store, selected from 110 applicants.
Opening hours will be seven days a week from 6am until 11pm.
A 19-year-old found dead on Hunstanton Beach was named today.
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