Tesco has built a 10,000 sq ft store in just one week to help customers affected by the floods. The store in the Carlisle area opened on Friday and was constructed as a temporary replacement for its superstore in Warwick Road which was badly affected by the effects of Storm Desmond earlier this month.

Staff had to be evacuated as flood waters encroached on the car park and eventually reached waist high inside. Matt Davies, Tesco UK CEO said: “We’ve been helping communities across Cumbria following the recent floods and I’m proud of the huge effort made by our colleagues.

“We’ve been donating food, toiletries and essentials across Cumbria from Carlisle to Kendal and every store in the region is acting as a drop-off point for donations to the recovery effort.

“We wanted to make sure that people in Carlisle were not left without the service our store provides in the run up to Christmas and have worked extremely hard to get the temporary store up and running.”

Construction work on the temporary site began on Friday December 11.

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