BROMSGROVE’S new Sainsbury’s Local on the Stourbridge Road, which has brought 21 full and part-time jobs, was officially opened this morning (Thursday).
A ribbon cutting was done at 9am by store manager Eddie Gardner and special guests – David and Andrew Partridge of Partridges Butchers, Phil Shakeshaft, matron of the Princess of Wales Community Hospital (POWCH) and staff and children from the nearby Meadows First School.
POWCH is the Sainsbury’s Local’s charity for the next six months and cash raised will provide equipment for the hospital and support on the wards.
David and Andrew Partridge, from the independent butchers opposite, welcomed the store’s arrival.
Andrew Partridge said he was looking forward to working closely with Mr Gardner and his team.
“We believe Sainsbury’s will complement our business very well and hope it will encourage people to shop locally with us.”
Mr Gardner said: “We’re really delighted to be working closely with Partridges Butchers to serve local customers.
“Like Partridges, which was established by David’s grandfather in the 1880s and spans four generations, Sainsbury’s started as a family business in 1869.
“We pride ourselves on good customer service and are very much looking forward to being part of the Bromsgrove community.”
The supermarket is getting involved with local schools, including Meadows First, to provide Active Kids sports equipment such as footballs, skipping ropes and bats to encourage children to spend more time playing.
The store, in the building that was formerly the Hundred House and then the Lime Bar Thai Brasserie, will be open from 7am-11pm seven days a week.