HUNDREDS of residents were eager to check out Morpeth’s new supermarket.
The Morrisons store in Low Stanners, complete with 25,750 sq ft of shopping space, opened its doors to the big queues at 9am on Monday.
The company has moved from its building in Stanley Terrace and it has appointed agents to market the old supermarket, which has received some interest.
Key to the new store is an open-plan layout, which enables customers to see food being made. Services include a fishmonger, butchers, bakery and a cheesemonger and there is also a cafe near the entrance.
The development, built by Dransfield Properties, has created 83 new jobs.
Among the existing staff moving across to the new site is Widdrington resident Mary Farrell. As she worked at the Stanley Terrace supermarket for 25 years, including when it was a Presto and Safeway, she was asked to cut the ribbon along with Save the Children volunteer Anne Guy.
She said: “It’s a really wonderful store. It’s light and airy and provides a lot more choice for customers.
“People will enjoy walking along the Market Street area and seeing different types of food being made and prepared.
“I was delighted to be asked to do the opening of the supermarket. I’ve made many friends among the staff over the years and with some of our regular customers.”
Store Manager Keith Nicholson added: “I was absolutely over the moon when I was given the opportunity to lead the team in such a prestigious development.
“We provide something different to our competition and we believe that this type of store will be a big success.”