THE RM7mil road leading to and from Tesco Extra hypermarket in Seberang Jaya, which hit a snag while undergoing construction work, was opened by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Tesco Malaysia chief operating officer David Hobbs said the opening of the road yesterday marked a significant achievement for the company as it reflected its investment commitments and good neighbourliness within the area they are operating in.
“By giving back to the community such as building the road, we hope to create a conducive environment for the people to live and in the process, create a better and healthier community.
“We realise from the onset that for the business to really add value to the community, we need to construct not just the best store, but an access and exit road to facilitate traffic, not just for Tescos customers but residents,” he said.
Tesco Extra Seberang Jaya opened its door to the public on Sept 25, last year, after acquiring the former Makro Cash and Carry.
Hobbs said the opening of the Seberang Jaya Tesco hypermarket was the company’s final of the eight former Makro Cash and Carry stores converted and renamed Tesco Extra nationwide.
He said the conversions had created an additional 1,500 jobs, more than 800 in Penang alone as the company has two Tesco Extras in the state, including the one in Sungai Dua on the island.
The new 700m slip road connects the RM100mil hypermarket in Persiaran Sembilang and the North-South Expressway.
Construction work which began last October hit a snag when the state government issued a stop-work order to the contractor after the Tesco management failed to obtain the necessary approvals to start work and settle land premium.
Lim said besides stimulating business activities that would benefit the community in the area, opening the access road would also help lessen traffic congestions and make access and exit easier for shoppers.
“This is also one of Tesco corporate responsibilities which should be commended and emulated by other companies,” he said.
Also present were state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh, Seberang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah, Seberang Prai Municipal Council president Farizan Darus and state JKR director Shahawai Awang.