THE opening of a new supermarket at the site of a former pub has created 22 new jobs.
The Green Dragon pub closed at the end of last year when it was bought by Tesco.
More than 150 people applied for jobs at the store in Lovedean Lane, Waterlooville after they were advertised at local Job Centres and other Tesco stores.
Store manager David Newbiggin said: ‘I was thrilled by the huge response we received to our recruitment drive.
‘In this time of economic uncertainty, it’s great that we are able to create jobs for our local community and help get people back into work.
‘I’m pleased with my new team and I’m looking forward to working with them.
‘We are delighted to be opening a Tesco Express store and look forward to playing an active role in the local community.’
Havant Borough Council usually takes a strong line against pubs being sold but because it was a straight change of use to a shop the firm did not need planning permission and the council was powerless to stop the change.
Landlady Kathy Birmingham thought she was on the point of taking over a new lease after three years at the pub when Enterprise Inns told her she had two weeks to get out of the business, which had also been her home. She left in January.
The store will open seven days a week from 6am to 11pm.