WORK on Sainsbury's eagerly anticipated new Wadebridge store is due to start next week.
The supermarket and filling station, which will open later this year, will create 200 part-time and full-time job opportunities.
Ahead of the construction work starting, Sainsbury's will be hosting a public drop-in session tomorrow ( Thursday) between 3pm and 7pm at Wadebridge Town Hall.
Members of the construction and highway team will be available to discuss the programme and answer any questions.
Marina Blythe, Sainsbury's project manager, said: "It's taken a long time to get here but we are really excited about getting started and becoming part of the town.
"The store is due to open ahead of Christmas and I would like to reassure people that we will be doing our utmost to carry out the work with as little disruption as possible.
"We've already met with local businesses, residents and stakeholders to brief them on the work and we will continue to keep the community updated throughout construction."
The highway work, which includes constructing roundabouts on Gonvena Hill and Higher Trenant Road, is being carried out by Cornwall Council and its contractor Cormac.
The majority of the work will be done during the day, but Sainsbury's said there will also be work during the night in order to minimise the impact to traffic.
Recruitment for the in-store jobs will begin in the next few months and jobs will be advertised locally.
A turf-cutting ceremony will take place on Friday morning with the chairman of Egloshayle parish council, Nigel Davey, Wadebridge mayor Tony Rush and local primary school children attending.
Sainsbury's and Morrisons both wanted to build a new store in the town, and went head-to-head two years ago to gain planning permission from Cornwall Council, with the local authority favouring the Sainsbury's bid.
As part of the planning approval, the retailer has agreed to provide Wadebridge with £800,000 worth of benefits under a Section 106 agreement.
It includes improving cycling facilities in the town, linked to the Camel Trail; increasing parking in the town centre and providing money to market Wadebridge for retail and tourism.
Sainsbury's has also agreed to provide money to reroute bus services to the new store and provide two new bus stops with shelters at Gonvena Hill and to extend cycling facilities there.
Residents wishing to contact Sainsbury's about the construction work can do so on 0800 130 3270 during normal working hours or e-mail the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about the roadworks, the council has a 24-hour freephone number, which is 0300 1234 222.