Sainsbury’s has opened a replacement for its eco-friendly store in Greenwich Peninsula at Charlton Riverside.

The controversial closure has way for Ikea to open a branch on the former supermarket site. The Swedish giant already has outline planning permission for a store there.

Sainsbury’s workers joined Greenwich and Woolwich MP Matthew Pennycook and councillors Stephen Brain and Danny Thorpe for the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 24.

More than 140 jobs have been created by the move.

The branch, which will stock the brand’s TU clothing range, opens until midnight during the week and has a cafe.

Manager Bill Woledge said: “The store is looking great and customers’ reactions have been fantastic so far.

“We are looking forward to becoming a real part of the community in Charlton Riverside.”

Meanwhile, campaign group No Ikea Greenwich, which is fighting the flatpack firm’s arrival in the borough believes its “disastrous planning application” will cause chaos for the town’s transport infrastructure.