A newly opened store and petrol station in Seaton Delaval has secured a multi-million pound support package.
Seaton Valley Co-op is owned and controlled by its members, who predominately reside in the trading areas of Seaton Delaval, Shiremoor, Seaton Sluice, Seghill, New Hartley and Holywell.
And Santander Corporate & Commercial has agreed to help support the business including the purchase of two acres of land near its current premises.
The new supermarket and petrol station was built on undeveloped land near the village’s Wheatridge Park estate.
The store has created 60 new jobs.
Deryck Storey, chief executive office for Seaton Valley Co-operative Society, said: “The society is delighted to have finally launched the supermarket and petrol station not just for our members, but for the wider community.
“The funding will help the business move into its next phase of growth, allowing it to continue supporting the local area.”