Six months ago Langney Shopping Centre looked like this - now Tesco is set to open

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Langney’s Tesco supermarket will celebrate its re-opening on July 12 with a double charity donation and a customer giveaway.

The Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson and Sue O’Hara of the Tuesday O’Hara Fund will be the guests of honour when the new Tesco Metro store re opens and will be invited to cut a ribbon.

The store, along with others, closed following the collapse of the shopping centre roof before Christmas but it has now had a major refresh and has a fresh new look with improved services and product range.

Sebastian Brown, store manager, and his team will present each charity with a cheque for £500.

The mayor’s main charities this year include Matthew 25 Mission which helps homeless and vulnerable people in Eastbourne and also Chloe’s Fight for Sight, the charity set up to help the 21-year-old from Hampden Park who nearly lost all her vision due to a rare medical condition .

The Tuesday O’Hara fund was set up more than ten years ago in memory of Sue’s daughter Tuesday who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2003 at the age of 18 and sadly lost her battle in 2007.

Her family and friends continue to fight by raising money to help others. Their aim is to help buy equipment for the unit at Eastbourne DGH to make their lives more comfortable.

Sebastian added, “I am delighted we can mark the refresh by donating £1000 to local charities.”

Celebrations will continue after the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am with champagne and cake for shoppers.

The first ten customers will also receive a £20 gift card as a way of thanking them for their patience during the closure.

The store will open for the first time at 8am on Friday (July 12).

Store opening hours will then be 7am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, 7am to 9pm on Friday, 7am to 6pm Saturday and 10am until 4pm on Sundays.

Other shops are gradually opening in the store as repair and refurbishment work is completed, with all shops returning by the end of July.

All but four shops will re-open. Only Peacocks, Whole and Healthy, the hardware store and Shoe Zone will not return to the shopping centre.

A fun day event to celebrate the re-opening is also planned and more details will be released in the Herald when announced.