Trading at the new Tesco in Greenfield has been better than the company had expected, since it opened in December.
The supermarket’s new manager, Bill Davidson, has also revealed to Saddleworth News that the store has made small donations to this year’s Saddleworth Show, Whit Friday Band Contests, and Saddleworth Village Olympics, as it aims to support local good causes.
Mr Davidson has been in his job for ten weeks, after the shop’s launch manager Anna Wisniowski was promoted to another job within the company. He said he’d like to thank local people for their support, saying the store has done “tremendously well” in its first six months.
He commented: “We’re trading far better than the company thought we would. There’s no plans because of that to do anything to the store. I think we’re just going to accept the fact that Greenfield is going to be small… this is certainly not a big Tesco store.”
Mr Davidson stressed that he was keen to hear comments and suggestions from local people. He can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
On supporting local good causes, he said: “It’s not something that we want to be seen to be taking over. There’s not going to be a Tesco stand and it’s not going to have Tesco branding, we just want to try to put some money into what we class as local projects.”
Mr Davidson added: “We’ve had lots of requests for things from Oldham, from Glossop, from surrounding areas, but we want to try to commit the money to if not Greenfield and Uppermill, certainly to Saddleworth and not much further than that.”
He explained that the store’s community budget is organised by its Community Champion, former Greenfield postman Greg Barratt. Money is spread between causes relating to children, animals and pensioners.
Mr Davidson continued: “He knows the area very well, and he makes sure that the money goes to local, and I mean local, help.”
To hear this section of the interview, which we recorded at the store last week, click on the box below:
All Saddleworth News articles about Tesco Greenfield can be read here.