Tesco, Low Grange
The Tesco Extra eco-store, on land opposite Eston recreation ground, opened its doors to customers in April 2012.
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council worked with in partnership with Tesco for years to develop the store that will service the whole of Greater Eston and beyond.
The new store brought 300 new jobs with the majority of these positions filled by people living within a two-mile radius of the store. A third of these positions were given to people who were previously long-term unemployed. In total more than 6,500 people applied for the 300 jobs on offer.
Tesco management worked with the local Job Centre and Redcar & Cleveland Council's Routes to Employment scheme to fill the vacancies. The team invited 100 long-term unemployed people to complete a course and receive an NVQ qualification. Each person who participated in the scheme was then offered a position in the new store.
Further jobs were created in the five new district centre shops, which have been built by Tesco and are all occupied with Greggs, Card Factory, Ladbrokes, Subway and Barnardo's open for business..
The Tesco scheme complements the Low Grange Health Village and Library with employment opportunities and improved shopping facilities for local residents.
*Planners at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council gave the go-ahead in December 2010 subject to certain conditions. The plans for an eco-store, (with customer café and petrol station) and District Centre comprising of five units, built using sustainable methods and materials, and utilising a range of techniques that reduce the supermarket's carbon footprint by up to 50% compared to a store built three years ago.