Schoolchildren help mark store’s first day

Chorley’s newest supermarket opened its doors this week – with a helping hand from a group of schoolchildren.

Although Asda may have caused controversy among some traders with its chalk advertising signs, members of the school council from nearby Duke Street Primary School were, on the other hand, thrilled to cut the ceremonial ribbon to declare the supermarket officially open.

Duke Street Primary School pupils at the new Asda supermarket

Duke Street Primary School pupils at the new Asda supermarket

Manager Paul Wilcox said: “The store has been a long time coming and I am delighted to finally get the doors open and show off all we have to offer Chorley. A lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes to get everything ready and I couldn’t be happier to welcome all our new customers. Duke Street Primary is celebrating its 100th year and being so close to the store, we wanted to invite the pupils as our VIPs for the morning to give them a tour of the store before it opens, as well as getting the kids to help out with the final touches.

“It was lovely to have them play a part in our exciting day.” The 46,000 sq ft supermarket, on Bolton Street, opened at 10am yesterday.

The launch day included a surprise flashmob by students from Runshaw College, who danced to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Building work started on the site six months ago and it is the largest Asda store opening this year.

Asda held meetings last week with businesses and residents in the area to discuss any concerns they had.

More than 400 people work there, including 300 new employees.

Among them is people trading manager Sue Bamber, of The Willows, Eaves Green, who has worked in various Asda supermarkets for 20 years.

She said: “I have been waiting three years for this store to be built. I think it’s fantastic for Chorley people. I’m so excited about it.”

I think it’s going to be good for the town.”