THE shelves are full, the tills are ringing and the ribbon has been cut.
Sainsbury’s new 24,000sqft store finally opened in Mildenhall on Wednesday.
The opening sees the long-awaited switch over from the supermarket giant’s old store on St Andrew’s Street and it was up to long-term staff member Josie Heffe, to do the honours.
Josie, who has worked at the old store for 25 years, said it was an emotional moment.
“I’ve been going in the old front door for 25 years – it’s going to be strange coming here.
“I’m really looking forward to it though - I’ve seen a lot of changes in my time at Sainsbury’s but this is the best of them all,” she said.
The new store boasts clothing, technology and customer service areas as well as an emphasis on fresh food, with a bakery, meat deli and make your own pizza area.
Manager John Smith, who has worked for Sainsbury’s for 23 years and joins from the company’s Ipswich store, said the store was something ‘bigger and better’ for Mildenhall.
“This is a state-of-the-art store which will serve as a blueprint for stores of this size nationwide.
“The last time a new store was built in this region was in Thetford 20 years ago so we’re very fortunate here,” he said.
Around 50 people were on hand to witness Josie snip the ribbon, with customers being treated to a glass of Champagne and a guide book for the new store.
The new site has created 92 jobs, 22 full-time and 70 part-time.
The store will open from 8am till 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.