Tesco Express store in Ipswich town centre to open next week
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The new Tesco Express store in Tavern Street, Ipswich, is due to open on Monday, September 6, creating 21 new jobs.
Manager Chris Pines and his team are looking forward to the opening of the new convenience store.
It will normally be open from 6am to 11pm daily, but will be officially opening at 8am on its first day of trading.
The store will be based in the old Croydon's building in Tavern Street, which was occupied by fashion chain Jack Wills until the start of the first lockdown in March last year.
The new Tesco will stock goods including fresh and frozen food, drinks and household essentials.
Mr Pines said: "Although it has been a difficult time for many, we’re hugely excited to be opening our Tavern Street Express store. It will provide a real boost for the area, creating 21 new jobs and helping to employ and train local people.
“We are really looking forward to welcoming so much new talent and experience into our Tesco team."
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He added supporting the community’s residents and local charities will be highly important to store colleagues in the coming years.
Before the opening, the construction workers have made major internal changes to the building, which dates from 1929, including removing the iconic staircase and opening up the ground floor.
Ipswich Central chairman Terry Baxter has previously welcomed the arrival and said it fitted in with the proposals for a "connected town centre."
Mr Pines stressed that extensive Covid-19 safety measures had been put in place for customers and staff.
The store team will support local charities and good causes through the Tesco Community Grants scheme, previously known as the Bags of Help grant.
Local groups are being invited to apply for community funding through the scheme, which sees three projects voted on by customers in store every three months, with first place awarded £1,500, second place £1,000 and third place £500.
Organisations can apply for Tesco Community grants via the scheme's website.