Flashback Friday: Do you remember when Tesco first opened in Beccles?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 August 2018

The new Tesco store at Beccles is officially opened, 2005. Photo: Archant.

The new Tesco store at Beccles is officially opened, 2005. Photo: Archant.


In Flashback Friday Enjoy Beccles more takes a look at some of the town’s major stories and events from times gone-by.

This week we go back to 2005 when Tesco first opened its superstore in the town.

The article below first appeared in the Beccles and Bungay Journal in Friday, September 30.

New store open for business

People were swarming outside the new Beccles Tesco superstore yesterday ready for its much-anticipated grand opening.

Children from Ravensmere Primary School cheered as the ribbon was cut by oldest pupil Robert Finch and Stanley Dossett, who was celebrating his 75th birthday.

Goodie bags were presented to the youngsters, and Tesco manager Trevor Proudfoot gave head teacher Melanie Mills a cheque for £1,000 to go towards outside play equipment.

Mr Dossett, whose wife had written to the store asking if he could be involved, received £100 worth of vouchers.

Mr Proudfoot paid tribute to his “fantastic staff” and said he hoped they could all interact with the rest of the Beccles community.

“This store should serve 13,000 locally. As much as people are concerned about us, they travel out of Beccles to shop and I think the car park will bring people back into the town. I believe a lot of other traders think that as well.”

The store officially opened to the public at 8am where staff applauded the first customers who stepped through the door.

And the first lucky person through each checkout received a bottle of champagne.

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