New Sunderland Tesco store springs a leak – less than two months after opening

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SHOPPERS risked getting all soggy after a new supermarket sprung a leak.

Heavy downpours yesterday afternoon caused a deluge at the Tesco Extra store in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland.

Store staff armed themselves with mops and laid out a host of plastic containers from the shelves to contain the water.

However, customers were allowed to continue shopping, despite the rain falling indoors.

The massive store, in Newcastle Road, has been open for less than two months. Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Robert Heron, joined manager Tim Howell, to cut the ribbon and present a £1,000 cheque to the Grace House appeal on June 24.

Speaking yesterday, a Tesco spokeswoman said: “Following heavy rain, there was a leak in-store and we are working to fix this.

“We don’t anticipate any long-term damage and we’ve been able to keep the store open throughout.”

More rain is expected to fall later in the week, with sunshine forecast for Friday.