Huge Tesco to be opened in Woolwich town centre
One of the biggest supermarkets in the UK opens in Woolwich next Monday as the first part of the Tesco Town is unveiled.
Greenwich-born Olympic weightlifter Zoe Smith will be opening the store, which has seen 400 jobs created for the local area, with half of those going to people living within three miles.
Nearly 100 of the roles have gone to those who have been unemployed for over six months.
The scheme consists of a Tesco Extra of 8,000 square metres of retail space, underneath a housing development of 1,000 homes apartments.
The largest of the eight blocks of housing is the Palma, rising to 16 floors. Also included in the plans are more retail, community facilities and a police station.
Councillor Chris Roberts, leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: "This new store is a flagship development here in Woolwich and we're delighted that Tesco has invested in our town centre, not least because, through our own job brokerage scheme, we are seeing 260 local people among those starting work here.
"The development also brings with it several hundred homes which London remains critically short of.
"We know Woolwich is an ideal location for big business - times are changing fast here, we're doing all we can to accelerate that growth and we wish Tesco every success with this splendid new store".
Last year, Willmott Dixon won the £86million contract to build the Tesco Town, so called because the retailer is funding the scheme.
The first homes are due for completion at the end of next year.
Athlete Smith, the number one UK woman in the 58kg division, will be handed a £1,000 cheque by Tesco for Greenwich Starting Blocks Trust, the charity supporting up and coming athletes in the borough.