Fire-hit Tesco in Waterlooville set to reopen two years after blaze

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A SUPERMARKET destroyed in a fire will finally reopen next week.

Tesco Express will reopen in Lavender Road, Stakes, Waterlooville, on Tuesday.

In September 2011 the Tesco building and nearby pharmacy were destroyed in an arson attack.

No-one has ever been arrested in connection with the fire.

The supermarket will celebrate its launch with a donation to The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.

A representative from the hospice will be the guest of honour and invited to cut a ribbon to declare the new store officially open.

Store manager Sam Saunderson will present a cheque for £500 as part of a commitment to supporting the local community.

She said: ‘My team and I appreciate that The Rowans Hospice do such wonderful work in the local area, and are delighted to be able to invite them to launch our store and receive the £500 donation.

‘My team and I are looking forward to opening the doors on Tuesday and are proud to be playing a part in breathing new life into the heart of the local community.’

As reported, the pharmacy reopened last week to the delight of residents.

Staff had spent almost two years dispensing medicines out of a portable cabin.

Stakes councillor Olwyn Kennedy spoke of her joy that the community is finally getting back on its feet again.

Tesco’s doors open at 8am with the official ribbon-cutting at 10.30am.