New Iceland store in Hartlepool will create jobs when it opens next week

Building woirk underway at the site of the Iceland shop Tees Bay Retail Park
Building woirk underway at the site of the Iceland shop Tees Bay Retail Park

A NEW supermarket is set to open its doors to the public next week – bringing with it new jobs.

The Iceland Foods chain will open its third store in town, at a new premises on Hartlepool’s Tees Bay retail park, off Brenda Road.

The shop will open at 9am on Tuesday, November 18, adding to the town’s food shopping choice in fresh and frozen food and everyday grocery essentials.

Around 15 jobs are being created with the launch of the store, which joins other Iceland supermarkets at the town’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, and off Winterbottom Avenue.

It comes hot on the heels of the opening of a second store at the retail park – Home Bargains, which has created 40 jobs and complements its branch at Middleton Grange.

The new Iceland store’s manager will be Mike Dryson, who says he is delighted to be opening a third branch of the award-winning chain in town.

Mr Dryson said: “We are delighted to be opening our new store on Tees Bay retail park.

“We will be creating around 15 new jobs for the area, and as we have been voted the Best Big Company to work for in 2012 and 2014, we are sure there will be a lot of happy faces to greet our customers on opening day.”

The new store opening hours will be 9am-7pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9am-8pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 9am-7pm on Saturdays and 10am-4pm on Sundays.

The retail park has had mixed fortunes in recent years, with UK Superbowl which was based on the site closing suddenly in November, last year.

But the closure came on the same day that plans to breathe new life into the park were revealed, with the park’s owners Mason & Partners confirming the proposals would “completely transform” the retail park.

The Home Bargains store opened at the start of the month after bosses invested £500,000 into the branch, which covers 20,000 sq ft.

Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains, said: “We’re thrilled by the response we’ve already seen from shoppers in Hartlepool and are looking forward to seeing even more new customers.”