A TOWN is feeling the benefit of a supermarket jobs boost.
The Echo reported last month that more than 200 people applied for just 14 positions at the new Tesco Express store in Houghton Road, Hetton, which was officially opened yesterday.
Manager Nicola Tempest said: “It has been brilliant to meet our new customers and hear their feedback on the store and we look forward to being a key part of the local community.”
As part of the opening, Tesco made a double donation to Hetton Town Trust and Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) Brass Band.
Ms Tempest and her team presented Kim Downing, facilities development manager of Hetton Town Trust, and Julie Carmichael, treasurer of DMA Brass Band, each with a cheque for £250.
The store chose to donate to both charities as part of a pledge it has made to support the Hetton community.
Kim said: “The money will go towards new crockery and table decorations for our café for people within Hetton to enjoy and benefit from.”
The trust helps to manage facilities at the popular Hetton Centre.
Julie added: “The £9,000 a year running costs are hard to maintain so this generous donation will help with repairing some of the instruments we use.
“These are our greatest assets and renewal costs are phenomenal with some costing up to £8,000, so keeping on top of repairs gives a longer lifespan.”