Bury St Edmunds supermarket bids farewell to long-serving store manager

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A Bury St Edmunds supermarket has bid farewell to its long-serving store manager.

Linda Alexander has left Sainsbury’s, in Bedingfeld Way, Moreton Hall, after more than 13 years.

The 52-year-old, who lives in Haverhill, will be taking a short break before taking over the reigns at Sainsbury’s in Warren Heath, Ipswich.

She said: “I’m sad to leave Bury. I’ve done 30 years service, last year, (with Sainsbury’s) and 13 and a half of those were here as store manager. Previously I was deputy store manager, so that’s a third of my life in this store really, with great people.

“I’ve had some really great colleagues and it’s been a pleasure developing some of them from students to members of management as well.”

Of Linda’s departure, Angela Simmons, team leader on checkouts, said: “She’s been a fantastic store manager because she’s been a friend to everyone as well. She will be really missed. In fact, she’s already being missed.”

Elaine Andrews, who is also a team leader on checkouts, said: “She’s always had so much passion for the store. She’s very hands on and it’s not going to be the same without her.”

Michael McKinstry, online grocery manager, had worked alongside Linda throughout her time at Moreton Hall, and at Sainsbury’s in Haverhill before that.

He said: “She’s a big character and it’s her passion and commitment to the role, as well as her caring nature, that will be missed.”

Linda said: “I’d like to thank all the guys I’ve worked with for making my career special, and also the customers, who I’ve got to know really well, for their loyalty.”

The Moreton Hall store’s new manager, Alex Betterson, officially took over from Linda this week.

“He used to work for me as department manager so it’s nice to see him develop and come home to fill my shoes,” said Linda.