Traders’ trophy has been awarded to Sainsbury’s

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SAINSBURY’S has become the latest winner of an annual trophy awarded by Bognor Regis businesses.

The retailer was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Britten Trophy from the town’s chamber of commerce. It will be presented in the next few months.

Chamber president and chairman Nick Stuart-Nicolson said: “Sainsbury’s are deserving winners because they have returned to Bognor.

“There was quite a hole in the town when they left and it was a great loss. Everyone is delighted to welcome them back.”

The company’s return was improved by the design of its Shripney Road store as a gateway feature to the town.

The commitment to extensively employ local people was also welcomed, said Mr Stuart-Nicolson.

Sainsbury’s had paid £500,000 towards the town centre as well to show the firm’s support for the area.

Mr Stuart-Nicolson said: “If Sainsbury’s had not taken on that site, we would probably still been left with derelict buildings there.”

The Sainsbury’s store opened last November on the former Lec Refrigeration site more than 21 years since the previous shop in the Queensway closed.