Ann officially opens the new Asda store

Ann Craig cuts the ribbon to open the new Arbraoth Asda store on Monday. Beside her is Robert Wallace store manager, pupils from Arbroath High School and staff.
Ann Craig cuts the ribbon to open the new Arbraoth Asda store on Monday. Beside her is Robert Wallace store manager, pupils from Arbroath High School and staff.

ARBROATH’S newest supermarket finally opened its doors on Monday after months of construction at the Westway Retail Park site.

Pupils from Arbroath High School were on hand to help open the new Asda store, as well as community champion Ann Craig who was nominated to cut the ribbon.

The retail giant appealed for nominations of a community champion in Arbroath to officially open the new supermarket and Ann, a retired volunteer who supports the elderly in the town, was chosen.

She not only runs the ‘This is Not a Rehearsal’ arts group, a theatre group whose members average age is 70 years old, but she also supports the seated exercise sessions, run for elderly people with limited mobility.

The members of the arts group Ann works with said: “She is such a hard worker  – she helps make the group what it is.”

And new store manager Robert Wallace added: “It is an honour to welcome Ann as our local hero. Her work ethic and sense of community is a real inspiration.”

After the official opening at 10 a.m., customers flocked into the new outlet with shoppers Georgina Gunn and Katherine McArthur being presented with flowers by store manager Robert Wallace for being the first to be welcomed inside.

The new Asda store is providing an initial 100 new jobs in the community and features a George clothing department, customer restaurant, bakery and everything needed for a full weekly shop.