Players from Harworth Colliery Football Club were on hand to officially open the new Asda Harworth store on Scrooby Road.
Seventeen players from the junior and senior teams at the town’s football club were invited to cut the ribbon on the new supermarket by store manager Richard Terry, in recognition of the colliery site the store now occupies.
The new 14,400 sq ft store has created 85 part-time and full-time jobs for the area.
Mr Terry said there was a good atmosphere at the store watching customers coming through the door for the first time.
“Colleagues have worked hard to get the store ready for opening and now it’s lovely to see it up and running,” he said.
“I would like to give a special thanks as well to the players of Harworth Colliery Football Club. We wanted to ensure our opening included members of the local community and what better way than to do this by using the historic link between the colliery and the store.”
He added: “We have exciting plans to unveil in the coming months as to how we will support groups and organisations that form an important part of community life in Harworth so watch this space.”
Haworth Colliery Football Club chairman Jonathan Wilson said it was an honour for the team to be invited to open the store.
“It was great to be a part of the opening festivities at the new Asda store today and it was lovely to see the heritage of the site being acknowledged with an invitation for our players to come down and cut the ribbon,” he said.
“We know Asda is keen to get more involved with the local community and we hope to work with colleagues at the store in the future.”