One of the most popular supermarkets in South Gloucestershire has officially relaunched after a £3 million re-fit of the store.

Morrisons in Yate has been a huge part of the community since it took over the site near to Yate Shopping Centre from Safeway in the mid 2000s.

The change saw the store keep a large amount of its loyal customers and it was one of them that was tasked with cutting the ribbon on Thursday, June 20.

Yate resident, Vi is 90-years-old and has shopped in the store every week since 1989.

She was asked by a supervisor whilst on her shop on the previous Friday if she would be available to cut the ribbon at the official re-launch party.

“It was quite unexpected,” Vi said.

“I was in the shop and Kath (supervisor) came and found me to ask if I would be happy to do it.

“I used to shop in Safeway and when it changed to Morrisons I didn’t see any reason to change.

“The quality of the store is very high and the staff are all so friendly here.

“They are all really good, I wouldn’t ever shop anywhere else.

“I was really pleased to be asked to be a part of the re-launch.”

Dozens of staff members including the store manager Tom and the area manager gathered at the store entrance to celebrate Vi cutting the ribbon.

The valued customer was then presented with a bouquet of flowers.

Store manager Tom Morris said: “I’m really pleased to be able to relaunch our new and improved Morrisons Yate store.

“My Team have worked extra hard over the last ten weeks to support the works and make sure the new store is the best it can be for our local customers.

“The store originally opened in 1989, and although it has had work done on it in the past, it was beginning to feel dated.

“Morrisons have invested around £3 million into the store, and we think customers are going to love the changes.

“Violet has been shopping in the store since the day it opened, so we were honoured that she agreed to come and cut the ribbon for the store’s relaunch.”