Sainsbury’s is celebrating 35 years in the Arndale Centre this year.
The supermarket opened its doors on October 7 1980 and this year from October 7-10 the store staff will be celebrating by dressing in 1980s fancy dress, holding party fun and games.
On Saturday October 10, staff will be cutting an 80s themed birthday cake and customers are invited to go along and join the fun and help the store’s local charity, Chalk Farm Learning Disabilities Centre.
Crowds of shoppers poured through the doors on opening day back in 1980 when the store moved from Terminus Road and quadrupled in size. All the employees from the old shop transferred to the new store along with 75 new members of locally recruited staff.
The store manager was Trefor Hales with deputy manager Norman Lake and personnel officer was Vi Puncheon.
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