The long-awaited Asda store on the Old Kent Road opened on Monday morning with the Pearly King and Queen of Southwark on hand to cut the ribbon.
Green Party London Assembly member Jenny Jones said last year: "Many small businesses are being forced out by the move and local people who already face the daily drudgery of traffic pollution, noise and congestion will suffer yet more."
The Pearly King and Queen of Southwark
The store opened to the public at 10am on Monday morning, though a small queue was already forming by 8.30am. The Pearly King and Queen of Southwark cut the ribbon, and a giant cake was displayed in the main entrance.
• The store is open Monday-Saturday 8am-10pm; Sunday 10am-4pm
• Tel 020 7500 7900