Despite the planned ‘quiet opening’ the owners of the new Budgens of Marlborough convenience store and petrol forecourt enjoyed anything but a peaceful first day of trading at the Business Park today (Thursday).
Youngsters from the nearby St John’s Academy formed an aisle-long queue six abreast to buy lunch at the Subway sandwich concession, which forms part of the new £2m development.
At its lunchtime peak, ten members of staff were manning the counters to cope with demand, which was far greater than managers had anticipated.
Elsewhere trade was brisk, especially at the fuel pumps, where petrol was 4p a litre cheaper than the local competition, and diesel 2p a litre cheaper.
The official opening, by mayor Edwina Fogg, takes place next Friday, October 26. Fifty new jobs have been created within the family-run business, and some part-time positions have yet to be filled.