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A new Sainsbury’s has opened on Sheffield High Street - creating 15 local jobs.

The branch was officially launched yesterday morning, becoming the 14th Sainsbury’s store within three miles of the city centre.

New Sainsburys

New Sainsburys

Among the new recruits is 38-year-old Steven Smith, of Batemoor, who has been taken on as a customer service assistant.

He said: “I can really see myself progressing within the company and am looking forward to working in the new store, helping to provide a great service to the people of Sheffield.”

The new 2,928 sq ft store was opened by representatives of Hallam FM’s Cash For Kids charity and will act as a drop-off point for the charity’s Mission Christmas programme - which aims to help thousands of South Yorkshire children living in poverty this festive season.

The store is looking to build strong links in the community and will also be supporting Weston Park Hospital by providing painting work to the exterior of the building.

Store manager Darren Filsell said: “I am very proud to be opening this store in the heart of the community. Providing support for Weston Park Hospital’s cancer trust is a cause very close to my heart.

“This is an exciting time for Sheffield and, personally, for my own career in retail, opening a brand new store in the city centre providing a host of new jobs to the local community.”

Opinions about the new store were split when the retailer first confirmed in June it would be opening another store, with some saying the area was saturated by Sainsbury’s.

But manager Darren Filsell said the store had been well-received.

He said: “We’ve had plenty of people coming in to check it out and buy things already – we’re pleased with the response.”