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sainsburysryde4400The ribbon has been cut on a brand new Sainsbury’s store on the Island, which opened in Union Street, Ryde this morning (Thursday).

The convenience store, located in the former Stanley’s Bar premises and operating under the ‘Local’ format, was officially opened by the town’s Royal British Legion to mark the start of the supermarket chain’s Poppy Appeal for 2014. The Legion’s Branch Chairman, Ivor Millard cut the ribbon after giving a speech and handed a poppy to a local youngster.

sainsburysryde6A total of 21 full and part time jobs have been created by the new Local store, led by store manager Maria Bird.

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A Think 25 policy has been put in place to help ensure underage people are unable to buy alcohol. In addition, a free-to-use cash machine has been installed adding extra convenience to shoppers in the town, who previously had to walk to the top of Union Street for cash withdrawals.

sainsburysrydeAn in-store bakery has been included in the new development alongside self-service checkouts, as well as all the usual expectations of a Sainsbury’s store.

The Royal British Legion will be hosting a Remembrance Parade on Sunday 9th November, forming up at 09:15 in Station Road. A service will be held at All Saints Church ahead of a wreath laying ceremony at The Shrine in Lind Street.

Featured photograph: Store manager Maria Bird (center right) with Sainsbury’s Ryde staff outside the new store

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