Work has officially began on the new Tesco store in Farnworth, Bolton.
The development on Longcauseway is set to deliver £18m investment and 240 new jobs to the area.
The Mayor of Bolton Councillor John Byrne was joined by representatives from Tesco and developer Watkin Jones for a formal sod-cutting ceremony yesterday (Thursday, October 28).
The project will provide employment for at least 120 people from Farnworth who have been unemployed for more than six months.
Highway work commenced on the new 6,500 sq m Tesco superstore development last month.
And the aim is to start building work in January 2011 with the store opened in time for next Christmas.
The Tesco development is also providing £325,000 to revitalise Farnworth town centre, including the market.
Other investment over the last two years includes the creation of the Bolton Sixth Form College South Campus, which opened in September 2008 and brought £14m investment into the area.
And a new Primary Care Resource Centre on the corner of Albert Road and King Street was formally approved by the Primary Care Trust in August. The centre could be operational by late 2012.
Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, said: “This major investment is good for the community and will provide a significant boost for the local economy.
“It means further investment into Farnworth in addition to the other developments that have happened and are planned for the area.”
Matthew Magee, Tesco regional corporate affairs manager, added: "We're delighted to begin work on the new store in Farnworth. This will be one of our regeneration partnership stores, which means we employ many long-term unemployed people via a job guarantee scheme.
“We're very proud of the investment and job creation in this economic climate, and we're looking forward to being a member of Farnworth's community."