Forty-five jobs have been created after a South Ribble supermarket has been expanded by 20,000 sq ft.
The Sainsbury’s store in Bamber Bridge has undergone a massive transformation in recent months, and the work is set to be completed by the end of the month.
The extension and upgrades have meant more staff are needed for assistant roles in general merchandising, the supermarket’s own brand clothing range, working on the check-outs and on night shifts.
Some of the new positions have gone to people who are disabled or face barriers finding work.
Store manager Mark Lilley said: “As a major local employer, we are keen to do all we can to create opportunities for local people, who for whatever reason have struggled to find employment.
“We are delighted to be able to offer these roles, which offer real potential for long-term progression within Sainsbury’s, and look forward to welcoming our new colleagues at the end of the month.”
The new recruits will join the existing 410 members of staff when the new-look store opens its doors to the public on September 28.
It will close on September 20 to allow for final preparations.
The extension will see the creation of more than 20,000 sq ft of new floorspace, and a bigger customer café will open on a mezzanine floor.
The new space will mean that the supermarket can extend the Sainsbury’s ‘Tu’ clothing range in store; introduce new freshly made pizzas; upgrade its delicatessen and fish and meat counters; increase its ranges of electrical items; extend its home, books and entertainment ranges; and offer a new ‘click and collect’ service, which allows shoppers to buy online and collect from the store.
The design of the supermarket extension also aims to reduce the store’s carbon footprint through the use of green technologies.
A rainwater harvesting system will ensure that rain will be collected and used for flushing toilets.
Solar-reflective glass will help prevent the store from becoming too hot in summer, reducing the need for air conditioning.
The store is also reducing the emission of CFC (chlorofluorocarbon) gases - attributed to the hole in the ozone layer – by installing CFC-free fridges.