A NEW Sainsbury’s store is all set to open at Stobhill.
The Sainsbury’s Local shop will open to customers on Friday in the former Black Swan pub in Shields Road.
The outlet has provided 19 full and part-time jobs, with many of the staff recruited from the local area through the Community Link shop.
It covers about 2,500 sq ft and will offer a range of produce.
Youngsters from neighbouring schools will help to officially open the store.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “The store will provide customers with an excellent offer of fresh, quality, affordable food and will include an in-store bakery.
“We believe that this is a good location for a Sainsbury’s Local as it will present residents living nearby with additional choice and value, as well as an opportunity to top up their weekly shopping in an easy and convenient way.”
The store has come in for criticism from local residents and councillors ahead of its opening, who were concerned about the loss of the pub as a community facility.
They have also said that the shop may cause congestion and road safety issues due to a lack of car parking facilities in the area, while alcohol sales could lead to disorder.
Residents were also dismayed that they were not consulted by the company about its plans before store fitters turned up on site.
The spokesman said: “Sainsbury’s is a responsible retailer and is committed to operating our shops with the upmost consideration for our neighbours.
“Our Local shops also play an active role in the community through supporting local charities, community events and initiatives.”
He added: “There is sufficient provision for off-road customers parking at this site, and from our experience of operating convenience shops we know that the majority of customers will visit this shop on foot.”
The store will be open seven days a week, from 7am to 11pm.