YOUTH club members have given their estate’s new supermarket the thumbs up.
Members of Pennywell Youth Project opened the new Asda store in Portsmouth Road, which has undergone a £555,000 conversion since being bought from Netto.
The youth project supports young people in the area, who are aged between 11 and 25, who have been marginalised and helps to encourage their development through social and recreational activities.
Members were given a £50 gift card as a thank you for their help.
Store manager Maxine Langan said: “It was great to have the young people open our new store. We want to forge links with the local community and this was a great way to start.
“We’ve had a fantastic response so far to the new supermarkets we’ve converted as customers have been really impressed with our promise to charge the same prices in store as we do in other larger outlets.”
A spokeswoman for Pennywell Youth Project said: “We were honoured to open the new store in Sunderland today. The gift card will definitely come in handy for the events we put on.
“We hope to work with Asda again in the future.”
This week also saw the former Netto store in Ryhope reopened as an Asda supermarket.
The new Sunderland stores will join the 112 Nettos that have been converted since May and form part of Asda’s plan to have 250 small format supermarkets by 2015.
The Asda chain already has larger supermarkets in Washington, Leechmere, Boldon, Seaham and Peterlee.