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Tesco Forres celebrates 20 years of Nairn Road supermarket


By Garry McCartney

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Some of the all-edible detail by local business Jill Bakes Cakes.
Some of the all-edible detail by local business Jill Bakes Cakes.

COLLEAGUES at a local supermarket celebrated 20 years since the store opened on Nairn Road.

Tesco Forres was originally at Gordon Street after taking over Scottish retailer William Low, but moved to the larger premises on May 27, 2002.

Current employee Veronika Poucher (2nd from right top pic, centre bottom pic) in her Fresh Food Counters uniform when the store was officially opened on May 27, 2002.
Current employee Veronika Poucher (2nd from right top pic, centre bottom pic) in her Fresh Food Counters uniform when the store was officially opened on May 27, 2002.

Current store manager, Andy Stewart, confirmed Tesco Forres now employs 145 people, including 24 who have been there since the opening day.

He said: “Tesco wanted to expand due to the demand of the the town and beyond. We’ve since evolved more to meet the needs of the community, stocking as many lines as we can. We have strong links with the community and support it whenever we can. This includes playing our part in the reduction of food waste by working in partnership with daily food share collections.”

Tesco is one of the biggest employers of local people in Forres. A number of employees have furthered careers within the Tesco organisation and elsewhere in retail.

Tesco’s Dotcom Delivery Service has proved successful, particularly with vulnerable customers since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns.

The all-day buffet for staff.
The all-day buffet for staff.

Tesco Forres’ colleagues celebrated May 27 with food - including a cake commissioned by local home baker Jill Campbell-Munro -, games and awards.

Andy said: “Our social committee put together a fantastic buffet spread. The different times of our special day were marked with amazing food, including Jill’s wonderful cake. She captured the store well in her design which was cleverly executed and tasted amazing.”

Staff also enjoyed a raffle with a number of prizes given out throughout the day.

“We also celebrated by giving out our long service awards,” said Andy. “This time to colleagues who had an anniversary of working here in the last month, be that with five, 10, 15, 20 or even 25 years’ service!”

Andy Stewart presenting Julie Walker with a 20 years Long service Award.
Andy Stewart presenting Julie Walker with a 20 years Long service Award.
Veronika Poucher's 20 years Long Service Award.
Veronika Poucher's 20 years Long Service Award.
Denise Burgess with her 20 years Long Service Award and Lesley Fraser with her five years Long Service Award.
Denise Burgess with her 20 years Long Service Award and Lesley Fraser with her five years Long Service Award.
Barry Christie (left) receiving a 20 years Long Service Award.
Barry Christie (left) receiving a 20 years Long Service Award.
Team manager Gregg Ewing presenting Lesley Sharp with a 15 years Long Service Award.
Team manager Gregg Ewing presenting Lesley Sharp with a 15 years Long Service Award.
Gill Lapington and her 10 years Long Service Award.
Gill Lapington and her 10 years Long Service Award.
Carol Tulloch accepting her 10 years Long Service Award.
Carol Tulloch accepting her 10 years Long Service Award.
Adam Watson got a five years Long Service Award.
Adam Watson got a five years Long Service Award.


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