Doors swing open at new Hartlepool Farmfoods store

People waiting for the opening of Farmfoods Brierton Lane

People waiting for the opening of Farmfoods Brierton Lane

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A FROZEN food store built on the site of a former pub has officially opened its doors.

Customers queued outside Farmfoods, in Catcote Road, before the new store opened its doors for the first time at noon yesterday.

The store has opened just four months after the Pink Domino pub, which stood on the site, was demolished.

Fifteen jobs have been created and the store will be open from 7am-10pm Monday to Friday, 7am-8pm on a Saturday and from 10am-4pm on a Sunday.

The opening comes just one week after thieves struck at the store, making off with cables, containing copper, and a number of tools.

The brazen thieves targeted the store sometime overnight on Tuesday, June 4 into the morning of Wednesday, June 5.

Labour councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, who represents the Manor House ward, labelled those responsible as “disgraceful” for targeting the store.

Plans for the new store were approved by Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee despite objection from devastated residents and regulars angry over the loss of their favourite local pub

They put forward various objections in an attempt to have the building saved from the demolition team, but pub owners Enterprise Inns said the decision had been taken after “careful consideration”.