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Tesco staff build a new store in just a week


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Tesco built a 10,000 sq ft temporary store in the space of a week, to replace its Carlisle superstore which was flooded by Storm Desmond. 

Staff worked overnight to construct the store from 26 large units. Constructed in the original store’s carpark, the temporary branch will be open at regular hours whilst the superstore is refurbished. 

“We wanted to make sure that people in Carlisle were not left without the service our store provides in the run-up to Christmas and have worked extremely hard to get the temporary store up and running,” said Tesco UK Boss Matt Davies. “As well as everyday essentials, the new store will stock a great range of festive favourites to ensure customers don’t miss out this Christmas.” 

The original Carlisle Tesco outlet was flooded with waist-high water and staff were forced to evacuate in the wake of the storm. Tesco has said the homes of over 30 Tesco employees have been left damaged. 

Following the natural disaster, Tesco donated food, supplies and shelter to those affected, seizing the opportunity to redeem its public image following the troubled 15 months the big four grocer has had. Every little helps. 

Published on Friday 18 December by Philip Gallagher

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