Store opening brings new jobs and cash boost for Hospice

Mayor Billy Webb was presented with a cheque for �500 for the NI Children's Hospice during the opening of the new Tesco Express, Doagh Road. Along with him was, Peter McCabe of NI Children's Hospice, Nigel Dodds MP, Store Manager Jim Brennan  and Mark Buchanan from Pattons Construction. INNT 50-021-FP
Mayor Billy Webb was presented with a cheque for �500 for the NI Children's Hospice during the opening of the new Tesco Express, Doagh Road. Along with him was, Peter McCabe of NI Children's Hospice, Nigel Dodds MP, Store Manager Jim Brennan and Mark Buchanan from Pattons Construction. INNT 50-021-FP

The new Tesco Express store at Cloughfern Corner officially opened to the public on Friday (December 9), creating 20 new jobs.

The opening comes just two weeks after the retail giant unveiled its new 60,000 sq/ft Extra outlet at Northcott Shopping Centre in Glengormley, creating around 200 full-time and part-time posts.

Jim Brennan, Manager of the new Doagh Road Express store, commented: “This represents significant investment for Newtownabbey and highlights our commitment to the area as it will further complement our existing stores in the borough.

“Our Express format allows customers the flexibility to carry out their ‘top-up’ shopping with us with free customer parking outside and an ATM.

“The Express format has proved very popular for convenience shopping in Northern Ireland over the past few years. These stores offer a first class service, competitive prices and wide range of goods right in the heart of the community.”

Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Billy Webb, a Trustee of the NI Children’s Hospice, opened the store and accepted a £500 donation on behalf of the charity.

Alderman Webb said: “I was very pleased to be asked to officially open this fabulous new store for the community and on behalf of the Children’s Hospice. I would like to say thank you for the generous donation of £500. This money will make a real difference to local children with life-limiting illnesses that the Children’s Hospice cares for.”

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