A new Sainsbury's store has finally opened in Isleworth - two years after residents staged a fake wake to mourn the loss of the bank it has replaced.
Sainsbury's Isleworth Local, in London Road, was officially opened on Friday, May 20.
Members of the St John Road and Spring Grove Community Association cut the ribbon to declare the shop open.
In July 2014, members of St John's Residents Association had staged a fake wake to mourn the closure of Barclays bank, now home to Sainsbury's, which they said was one of only two banks remaining in Isleworth.
'Better to have a supermarket than an empty shop'
But the group's chairman Dominic West said he was happy that Sainsbury's had now opened.
"It's better to have a supermarket than an empty shop," he told getwestlondon , adding that licensing restrictions had largely addressed residents' concerns about the sale of alcohol.
Sainsbury's said the new store, which will open seven days a week from 7am to 11pm, had created 19 jobs for local workers.
Store manager Lennie Tomkins said: "I would like to thank St Johns Road and Spring Grove Community Association members who joined us today for the ribbon cutting.
"We hope to continue working closely with the rest of the local community."