Published: 13:25, 01 October 2020
| Updated: 13:36, 01 October 2020
The new-look cafe at Sainsbury's at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre has opened.
The eatery is part of a massive refurbishment the superstore is undergoing which will include a branch of Argos.
Work is on track for the total facelift to be complete in the next few months.
An updated Tu clothing and Home section, plus a dedicated beauty department are among other changes at one of the largest Sainsbury's in Kent.
The project started in June and the layout of the supermarket has been revised to cater for the necessary construction work.
Sainsbury's has promised "a more convenient shopping experience that ensures everything under one roof".
The supermarket opened in the 1970s as the SavaCentre – one of the first hypermarkets in the UK – and is one of the anchor retail outlets at the shopping centre which celebrated its 40th anniversary two years ago.
A planning application for the finishing touches such as lighting and signage has been submitted to Medway Council.
New "fully accessible toilet facilities" will be installed and the nearby Sainsbury's petrol station is being redecorated.
Sainsbury's Cafe, which re-opened yesterday morning, is open 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 9.30am to 3.30pm on Sunday.
Initially, it will be offering light snacks and refreshments.
A customer information hub has been established at the centre providing updates throughout the redevelopment.
The company has apologised for any inconvenience during the major upgrade.