As Sainsbury’s staff in Harborough celebrated the 20th anniversary of the launch of its town store, Mail Memories looks back to the early 1990s and the transformation of the town’s cattle market into what is now St Mary’s Place shopping centre.
Photographs loaned to the Mail by Mel Wisher, the town’s Sainsbury’s community champion, show the market in full swing shortly before work began, as well as various stages of the supermarket’s construction.
View them in the gallery above.
The store opened on Tuesday, October 19, 1993. The first customers Becky and Mary Kempster and Mavis Taylor were welcomed by store manager Jim Lavin, who remains in that post to this day.
The completion of the store marked the end of the second phase of redevelopment to that end of town.
The gallery also features a photo sent to the Mail by Mary Punter, who posed with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the opening of Thomas Cook in St Mary’s Place at about the same time.
On Saturday Sainsbury’s celebrated its 20th birthday with a cake. Pictured above are Owen Brooks and Emma Burgess, who have been there for 20 years, deputy manager Darren Porter and team leader Jasmine Tansur.