A SUPERMARKET’S £7million facelift is now complete.
Asda, in Leechmere Road Industrial Estate, has undergone a major revamp creating 50 new jobs.
Taking advice from 10 local ambassador families, the store has seen full-scale changes, with the addition of a new mezzanine level, which includes an extensive George clothing section, along with a new home and leisure department.
General store manager Andy Dallman said: “We have been serving the community in Sunderland for the past 25 years and our customers’ loyalty is something we felt needed rewarding.
“Through the remodel we have been able to provide our customers with more choice and room to shop.
“This has been a significant investment but our customers can rest assured that Asda will continue to deliver everyday low prices.
“There have been changes to the store but who we are, our colleagues and our efforts to support the community remain the same.
“We are delighted to welcome our community ambassadors to officially re-open the store. We hope that they like the changes that they have directly influenced.”
The update sees the opening of a new café serving a menu of fresh food, with a dedicated photo shop also being added.
The store’s makeover comes as supermarket-giant Tesco’s development, on the Roker Retail Park site, edges closer to competition.
Expected to be open in spring 2013, the store will be accompanied by a combination of new shop units.
Another development shooting up on the north side of the river, is the city’s second Sainsbury’s superstore.
Sainsbury’s are adding to their Silksworth site, by building another store on the site of Jennings Ford, in North Hylton.
The 60,000 sq ft store is expected to create 450 jobs and offer a full range of goods, including homeware and TU Clothing.
Last month German-chain Aldi unveiled their plans for a new store on the former Hahnemann Court site, on Carley Hill Road, in Southwick. Aldi’s proposal will create up to 20 new jobs.