Tesco creates 180 Extra jobs as it opens the doors of Craigavon store
Supermarket giant Tesco has opened its biggest store in Northern Ireland with the creation of more than 180 jobs.
The 84,000 sq ft Tesco Extra in Craigavon - which features an opticians, phone shop, photo shop and electrical store, as well as Tesco's familiar food and clothing range - was officially opened yesterday by First Minister Peter Robinson.
Stores director Stephen Cochrane said: "Tesco is delighted to bring 183 new well-paid retail jobs to the Craigavon area. Our new Extra is around four times the size of our previous store which has now closed in the adjacent shopping centre.
"Employees from there have transferred to the new store and have also been joined by other staff who took up the opportunity to relocate from other nearby Tesco outlets."
A total of 377 people work at the store.
Mr Robinson said: "The official opening of this new Tesco Extra store in Craigavon is a welcome development for both the local area and the economy more generally.
"The construction of the store represents a vote of confidence in Northern Ireland and this multi-million pound investment, creating 183 extra jobs, is a boost to our economy.
"Craigavon can now boast the largest Tesco store in Northern Ireland. Many local producers supply their Northern Ireland produce to Tesco and we look forward to the continued development and expansion of this relationship."
The store was opened at 10 o'clock yesterday morning by Craigavon resident Lilian Percival, a mother of seven who has been active in the community for many years.