Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson was given a tour of Sainsbury's newly refurbished Crosby store - and reiterated his call for the supermarket giant to honour their obligations to play their part in regenerating the Village.
Bill was shown around the refurbished store by manager Adrian Coverdale.
The MP said he was pleased to see that the refurbishment of the store was clearly a big step forward and told the manager of his confidence that longer term the village centre would benefit from a larger store.
Bill also met Liam Kearney from Thornton, who is an apprentice at Sainsbury's.
Bill said: “I was really pleased to hear that Liam was doing so well at Sainsbury in Crosby. It is vital that there are really good apprenticeships available for the many young people who want to start work rather than go on to university.
"Retail stores are one place where apprenticeships are available and I am pleased to say that Liam is clearly doing well at Sainsbury in Crosby.”
Bill discussed Sainsbury’s role in Crosby with the store manager.
He said: “We discussed some of the difficulties which there have been in Crosby and about the prospects for the Village to be revitalised.
"Sainsbury’s is clearly key to any transformation of the centre of Crosby and Adrian said he was to keen to make sure that Sainsbury’s keep their land and property in decent condition, something he has been discussing with traders and other local people in Crosby recently.
"I am optimistic that Crosby will be developed and that Sainsbury’s will play their part. The refurbishment of the store is a first step towards that goal.
"The company has faced criticism for some of its actions and for some of its policies so it is important that where they are doing the right thing they are given the appropriate recognition.
"Whether it is apprenticeships, supporting local charity, keeping their property tidy or selling British produce, there are reasons for being supportive towards Sainsbury’s.
"There is still more for them to do and I shall remind them of their obligations to Crosby and to their staff when it comes to pay and conditions and their customers when it comes to the state of the Village.
"But I was pleased with what I saw and I was impressed by Adrian, Liam and the other staff I met when I was shown round.”