Sudbury supermarket Sainsbury’s in Cornard Road is celebrating its first birthday next week with a promotion to reward customers.
Manager Martin Pyle said it had been an eventful year, both in terms of getting the store up and running and supporting the community.
But he said he was most proud of the fact that the supermarket chain had created 200 full and part-time jobs, including jobs for 40 people who were on the long-term unemployed register.
Mr Pyle, who has just been appointed a governor of Woodhall Primary School in Sudbury, said: “We worked very closely with the Job Centre and also with the Leap Centre in Cornard Road.
“We are very proud of the fact that the store has recruited and created jobs for 200 people from Sudbury.
“Many of these people are developing their skills and some are moving up to the next level as team supervisors. We are very proud of their achievements.”
Mr Pyle said the store had enjoyed a good first year of trading.
“Sudbury is a very competitive town and the market is challenging,” he said.
“I think all the supermarkets – Tesco, Waitrose and Aldi – have fought back.
“We have done well and have had a good year. All the staff here are looking forward to the next year and the year after that.”
The company has supported the town’s football, rugby and cricket clubs as well as Scouts. Its charity of the year is the Kernos Centre in Friars Street.
“We asked customers to suggest charities and invited three of them to give a presentation before we made a final decision,” added Mr Pyle.