Sainsburys Opens Today In Weymouth
8:25am 16th October 2013
(Updated 12:14pm 16th October 2013)
280 people from Dorset are starting a new job in Weymouth today (Wednesday 16th October).
It's the first day of trading at the brand-new Sainsbury's store at the Gateway Site.
It joins supermarket giants Morrison's and ASDA in the town. People living nearby have told Wessex FM they hope its arrival will drive down prices amongst its competitors.
Local people were queueing in the rain to get into the new store, which officially opened with a ribbon cutting at 9am.
The Sainsbury's store has taken 5 months to build and there was a rush for jobs when they started advertising for staff.
New Weymouth store manager Steve Jones told Wessex FM jobs went to local people living in Dorset;
"We've got over 280 colleagues from the local area and many who are brand new to Sainsbury's. They've been travelling far and wide to stores close to Weymouth for training and we've got a nice mixed age group across the board."
The leading supermarket chains have all endured a tough few months battling purchasing prices and most have seen profits fall for the first time in years, as shoppers spend less and shop for bargains elsewhere.
Manager Steve says the economic climate may be tough but Sainsbury's Weymouth is rearing to go;
"It's easy to say it can be tough but I prefer to say it's an enjoyable environment to work in and competition is a good thing because it drives us on and that's a good thing."