THERE was nervous excitement as hundreds of people waited to be the first shoppers at a £39m superstore.
The Sainsbury’s supermarket finally opened in Waterlooville yesterday after seven months of construction.
The honour of cutting the ribbon fell upon Councillor Marjorie Smallcorn, Mayor of Havant borough.
She said: ‘There were hundreds of people. The car park was absolutely crowded.’
Cllr Smallcorn was joined for the opening by Genevieve Hindess, 17, from Rachel Madocks School and Freya Smith, 10, from Purbrook Junior School.
The pair designed a colourful print for a bag for life for the store, which is located on the first floor with a car park beneath it.
After the opening Cllr Smallcorn had a whizz round the supermarket with a trolley.
‘It’s fantastic,’ she said.
‘It’s going to be quite a pleasant shopping experience.
‘Their cafe has panoramic views of Waterlooville.’
She added: ‘There are at least 250 jobs for local people which is very good for Havant borough.’
The new superstore is on site of the old Caetano coach factory and Sprint Print in Aston Road.
A six-pump petrol filling station has been built on the site of the former Household Waste Recycling Plant.
The development also includes a new pedestrian ramp linking the retail park to Maurepas Way and the rest of the town centre.
Developers have also re-configured the junction between Aston Road and the B2150.