Padiham Tesco store celebrates first birthday

Staff at Tesco in Padiham celebrate the stores 1st birthday.'Photo Ben Parsons
Staff at Tesco in Padiham celebrate the stores 1st birthday.'Photo Ben Parsons

A Padiham superstore has celebrated its first birthday in style.

The champagne was popping at the town’s £11m. Tesco supermarket which opened a year ago.

Pupils from local schools at Tesco in Padiham to celebrate its 1st birthday.'Photo Ben Parsons

Pupils from local schools at Tesco in Padiham to celebrate its 1st birthday.'Photo Ben Parsons

Superstore staff celebrated with customers and civic dignitaries on the day which saw a buffet, games of checkout bingo and prizes given out.

Children from Padiham primary schools and members of charities and community groups which have been supported by Tesco joined in the fun.

Denise Westall, Padiham Tesco community champion, hailed the success of the store but said the focus was on the community.

She said “We have been working with all the schools on recycling projects. The opening of the Seedlings Allotments was great and we have visited care homes and helped with events like the Burnley Fire 10k and Padiham Archive Exhibition.

“We want to be involved in everything.”

Padiham Mayor Vince Pridden, who was presented with a birthday cake at the store to mark his own special day, said: “I think they have been a real asset to the town. I think everyone was worried about the effect on traffic and what it would do to the town but most of these worries have subsided.

“Padiham has benefitted in a lot of ways especially through their charity work. Long may it continue.”

Padiham town centre manager Tony Fitzgerald added: “It is great to see the store has been so successful in the town.”