MP welcomes launch of multi-million pound Morrisons store in Portsmouth

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A MULTI-million pound superstore will open its doors for the first time next week.

Staff are putting the finishing touches to the new Morrisons store, in Victory Retail Park, Landport, which replaces disused shops.

READY General manager Chris Waring (120202-341)

READY General manager Chris Waring (120202-341)

The cost of the store, which took four months to build, is thought to be £10m.

It will have a butcher, fishmonger, patisserie and an in-store cafe serving freshly-cooked meals.

And in a hi-tech touch, fruit and vegetables will be kept fresh on beds of ice and sprayed with a fog of ice particles to keep them cool.

A team of 280 staff were recruited earlier this month.

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock has welcomed the opening of the new 32,000sq ft development, now one of four Morrisons stores in the area.

He said: ‘It’s fantastic to see another store opening. It’s going to attract more development because other businesses will want to be near there.

‘It’s created hundreds of jobs and that’s good news for the city.

‘So many companies are going under so this will be a vote of confidence for the retail industry here.

‘A lot of people in years to come will look back and be glad that a new Morrisons has opened.’

The store will be opened at 9am on Wednesday when Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Cheryl Buggy cuts a ribbon with company officials at the store entrance.

Chris Waring, the store’s general manager, said: ‘I’m looking forward to the store being open.

‘All the staff have worked extremely hard in making sure all the shelves are filled. We’ve been holding food taster sessions for them so they really get a feel of what they’re going to be selling.’