Tesco is getting ready to welcome customers to the opening of a new Express store in Chingford tomorrow.
The New Road Chingford Express store will open its doors on 26th February, and in addition to providing 19 new jobs, it brings with it food bank donations and funding opportunities for local good causes.
Salmi Navas, the store’s manager, said that supporting the community’s residents will be hugely important to store staff in the coming years.
He added: “The opening of the store will give a real boost to the community, not only offering people jobs, but the opportunity to learn and grow in their roles.
“It’s been a really difficult time for everyone over the last year, so we’re hugely excited to be opening the store and giving something back to the local area.
“The new team is bursting with talent and we all can’t wait to get started.
“We will of course also promote Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, with the aim of donating thousands of pounds for local good causes that can help the community to flourish.”
Local groups are invited to apply for community funding through Bags of Help, Tesco’s blue token voting scheme which sees three local projects voted on by customers in store every three months, with first place awarded £2,000, second place £1,000 and third place £500.
To date Bags of Help has provided £6.1million to 2,622 projects across London since 2016, including over £175,000 given to 67 groups in Waltham Forest Borough. Among the projects to benefit from the funding is Buxton Bear Pre-School, which received £2,000 in 2019 for their project called ‘Healthy Me, Healthy World’ which supported children’s health, wellbeing and helped them with understanding of the importance of looking after our world.
Although voting is currently not taking place due to the pandemic, organisations can still apply for grants: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.