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Morrisons new store in Verwood has opened creating 50 new jobs.

The store on Chiltern Drive is a Craft Skills Academy with staff trained in a range of traditional skills such as butchery, fishmongery, bakery and flower arranging.

The new supermarket is the consequence of a deal struck between East Dorset District Council and Morrisons in 2011. The company bought the neighbouring Verwood Leisure Centre from the council so it could expand. Leisure facilities were then tmoved to The Hub and Emmanuel Middle School in what the then council leader of the council, Spencer Flower, described as a “win win” situation for residents.

It was opened by the Mayor of Verwood Councillor Pat Morrow on Monday and the ceremony attended by the Verwood and District Chamber of Trade.

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