THE bad weather could not dampen spirits as a new superstore in Bangor opened for business.
Asda manager Sally Blake welcomed customers to the Farrar Road store, which will create 250 jobs, on Monday.
She said: “It’s a really happy day. We’ve recruited some fantastic colleagues.
“We hope to be part of the community and fill a little gap in the market, and hopefully we will attract people into Bangor and help the local economy.”
The 25,000 sq ft store will create 200 full time and 50 temporary positions.
Customers will choose which of ASDA’s selected charities receives £100 each month, and could also help out with larger projects.
The store sells electrical equipment, clothes, groceries, baked goods, and also boasts a cafe.
Sally cut the ribbon with pupils from Ysgol Hirael, whose cinnamon, chilli and chocolate sausage recipe won the store’s Bangor Bangers competition.
Teacher Sera Llwyd Jones said the children were inspired by the cinnamon oranges for their Victorian Christmas project.
She added: “They’re delighted to have won. The honour of being the first people in the shop is unbelievable and something they’ll remember for ever.”
Bangor Deiniol Male Voice Choir entertained shoppers as they queued to take a glimpse of the new store.
George Isaac, of Benllech, said: “You find many of the stores like this are very small and cater for people who are here on holiday, so it’s nice to have a very big store opening.
“This one caters more for families who are here all year round.”