Temporary supermarket opens in Folkestone a month after shop fire

Staff opening temporary supermarket in Folkestone

A Folkestone supermarket engulfed by fire is back in business.

The temporary store, which is the size of an Olympic swimming pool, was built in just 11 days.

The Morrison's on Cheriton Way had to be evacuated almost a month ago.

A deep fat fryer that caught alight is believed to be the cause of the blaze.

I'm glad to be back. I've enjoyed the refurbishment and getting everything together again."

Jo Terry, Florist

The fire took hold quickly - as did the ambition to replace the supermarket in time for Christmas trade.

And today - less than a month after the store was destroyed in a blaze - customers were queueing for the opening of the temporary replacement.

Store manager Andy Parkinson said the shop was stocked up for Christmas in 48 hours.

This store will operate until the permanent shop opens its doors in 12 months time.

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