Morrisons PLC opened an M local mini supermarket on Knaresborough Road today (Thursday, May 1).
The company is extending its convenience scheme to Harrogate to the former Harrow Pub site, which has been vacant since closing down in March 2012.
A Morrisons spokesperson said that the new store, opening at 9am by manager Theo Slade, will create 18 new jobs.
Mr Slade said: “We are proud to be opening an M local in Harrogate and creating jobs for local people, and we are looking forward to bringing life back to had building that has stood vacant for some time.
“Fresh food will be at the heart of our store and as a team we will work hard to be a positive addition to the local community.
“We’ve had a great first day here on Knaresborough Road and have been really pleased to welcome all our new customers.”
In addition to Mr Slade, representatives from Morrisons’ charity partner Sue Ryder, a care provider, will be present at the opening.
The ribbon was cut by the reigning Miss Harrogate, Bex Gerrard of Sue Ryder and Emily Isherwood from St Michaels Hospice.
The store will be open from 7am to 11pm every day and will feature a food to go section.
Morrisons opened an M local in January this year after Harrogate Borough Council’s (HBC) licensing department granted the Bradford-based supermarket a licence to sell alcohol from the former HMV store in the town centre.
Though empty since the Harrow Pub closed, plans for a KFC drive-thru at the Knaresborough Road site were refused by HBC in May 2013 after a public outcry regarding traffic and noise disturbance.