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Store’s sign of support for neighbouring businesses

New local shops sign at Morpeth's Sainsbury's store, Stobhill, with Coun Ian Lindley (left) and Store Manager Mark Ross.
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New local shops sign at Morpeth's Sainsbury's store, Stobhill, with Coun Ian Lindley (left) and Store Manager Mark Ross. REF 080514

A mini supermarket is inviting customers to check out other businesses as it points the way to their premises.

The Sainsbury’s store in Stobhill has erected new signage on its building in the form of a simple map of the area, listing all of the other local shops and showing customers how to get there.

The feature was the idea of Stobhill county councillor Ian Lindley.

He said: “I am grateful to Sainsbury’s for this important gesture, which it has agreed to fund.

“We have been working closely together since the store was first announced. For example, it readily agreed to fill all the store’s jobs from local applicants.

“We aim to ensure that the extra shoppers Sainsbury’s is bringing into Stobhill also benefit the other businesses in the area.”

The store opened in the former Black Swan pub in Shields Road last year.

Manager Mark Ross said: “We are very much a community-minded business and want to support a thriving economy for all shops, which will benefit everybody in Stobhill.”

Now talks are under way to improve the appearance of the outlet for residents.

Town councillor Alison Byard said: “Ian and I will continue to work with Sainsbury’s.

“Our next goal is to improve the boundary of the car park with a living green hedge sight-screen between the shop and adjacent homes.”

 

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