New Sainsbury’s petrol station opens in Grantham

Sainsbury's checkout operator Clive Watson cuts the ribbon to open the new petrol station at the Grantham store. Pictured from left are Andrew Wright, of Williams Southern Ltd construction, Tony Johnson, deputy store manager, Mike Monaghan and Ruby Stuckey, of Grantham Passage, Mr Watson and Pat Thacker, petrol station manager. Photo: 0285A

Sainsbury's checkout operator Clive Watson cuts the ribbon to open the new petrol station at the Grantham store. Pictured from left are Andrew Wright, of Williams Southern Ltd construction, Tony Johnson, deputy store manager, Mike Monaghan and Ruby Stuckey, of Grantham Passage, Mr Watson and Pat Thacker, petrol station manager. Photo: 0285A

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Checkout operator 76-year-old Clive Watson was given the honour of opening the new petrol station at Sainsbury’s in Grantham today.

Clive, who has worked at the store for nine years, cut a ribbon at the petrol station which has been under construction on the London Road site for 12 weeks.

The new station has four more pumps and more forecourt space than its predecessor. Customers can also pay at the pumps instead of in the shop which is also brand new. There is also a new jet wash on site.

Ruby Stuckey and Mike Monaghan, of the Grantham Passage charity for homeless people, were at the opening. The charity is being supported by Sainsbury’s this year and the construction company which built the petrol station, Williams Southern Ltd, has donated £1,000 to the charity to help set up a new outreach centre at St Mary’s Church.

Mr Watson, who has won a Colleagues’ Colleague of the Year Award at the store, said: “I get a great deal of satisfaction working at Sainsbury’s. The way they have treated me and the way they operate means they have looked after me.”

Deputy store manager Tony Johnson said of the new petrol station: “The experience here will be much better for the customer.”