MORRISONS says it has created 180 North-East jobs after opening a store in the region.

The 44,643sq ft supermarket, in Blaydon, South Tyneside, is part of a major town centre redevelopment.

Malcolm Rennie, Morrisons’ Blaydon store manager, said: “We’re delighted to have created so many local jobs, and to have helped to redevelop this part of Blaydon.

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“That’s just the start though, and now we are here I’m determined to put this store at the very heart of the community in Blaydon.”