A NEW supermarket superstore has opened in Bargoed, creating 250 new jobs.
On Monday a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the brand new Morrisons – part of a £24 million retail development, boasting a further seven units for leasing.
In partnership with Jobcentre Plus the store has supplied pre-employment training to 60 local people and, 172 jobs for people who were previously unemployed.
The new store is a Craft Skills Academy with staff trained in a range of skills from butchery and fishmongery, to bakery and flower arranging.
Councillor Harry Andrews, leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council cut the ribbon, supported by Cllr Alan Higgs, the town council mayor, Cllr Michael Gray, the county mayor, and Victoria Button, the president of Bargoed Chamber of Trade.
Cllr Andrews, said: “All of the regeneration works will undoubtedly breathe new life into Bargoed and it marks the dawn of a new era for the town centre. To see the former mining community well on its way to becoming the thriving town it once was, is truly fantastic.”
The new store will have its own community champion, Alison Matuszczyk, to help put the store at the heart of the local community by supporting and co-ordinating initiatives that will help the people of Bargoed.
It will have its own budget to support local causes, either by providing prizes for charity raffles or by donating food items for events such as school fetes or festivals.
Local community and charity groups will be able to book time to help pack bags on the checkouts to fund-raise, and requests for food bank collections are also supported.
David Beard, Morrisons store general manager, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming shoppers into the store and to making a positive difference to the town through our work in the community.”