Fifteen new jobs for the community will be created when Tesco Express finally opens its doors in the former Eastbourne Borough Council office.
Store manager Jim Dobbs and his team recruited staff from the local area to work in the new store, on Grove Road, to bring a community feel to the store- with positive results which led to all vacancies being filled by local people.
Jim, who has worked at Tesco for 30 years, said, “I was thrilled by the response we received to our recruitment drive.
“In this time of economic uncertainty, it is great that we are able to create jobs for our local community and help get people back into work.
“I am really pleased with my new team and I’m looking forward to working with them. We are delighted to be opening a Tesco Express store, on Grove Road, and look forward to playing an active role in the local community.”
Planning permission for the store, which was granted last year, caused controversy among local traders.
Shopkeepers said it would ruin Little Chelsea’s ethos of supporting independent traders but Eastbourne Borough Councils’s planning committee approved plans by four votes to three to change the use of part of the ground floor of the 1970s built building from offices to retail and install a new shopfront.
Six objections were received afer plans were submitted with concerns including parking difficulties being exacerbated while a supporter of the proposals said they welcomed the opportunity to bring an empty unit back into use and it would create more footfall at that end of the one-way road.
A separate application to convert some of the office space at the same building into 15 flats was also approved subject to conditions.