Amy and team cut the ribbon to declare Newhall Co-op open to serve community

Business / Wed 29th Jul 2020 am31 07:49am

Amy and team cut the ribbon to declare Newhall Co-op open to serve community

CO-OP’s newest food store opened its doors in Newhall after Store Manager, Amy Ryan, and colleagues cut the ribbon to declare the new store open to serve the community.

The store opened to a “fantastic response“ following a £600,000 investment by the community retailer which created 14 new jobs.

The purpose-built new store, located at the Newhall Neighbourhood Centre, runs on 100% renewable electricity and opens between 7am-10pm daily. It includes a free ATM, bakery, hot food and Costa coffee, alongside a focus on fresh, heathy produce, award winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, free-from and vegan products, Fairtrade, food-to-go and, everyday essentials.

Contactless card payment limits have been increased to £45, making it easier, quicker and safer to shop. The Co-op also provides a funding boost locally and gives back to causes in the area through its Membership scheme, where Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own brand products, and the retailer donates a further 1% to community causes.

The store is also looking for a local not-for-profit organisation to partner with its Food Share scheme, which is designed to not only minimise food waste but also to share food with those in need in the community, helping to alleviate food poverty and hunger. While the Co-op’s Community Shopping Card makes it easier for those self-isolating or who have been instructed to stay at home to shop and pay for their essentials – cards can be purchased or topped-up by calling 0800 029 4592, enabling friends, families or volunteers to shop on their behalf in store.

Amy Ryan, Co-op’s Store Manager, said: “We have had a great response, we are delighted to have had the opportunity to make such a significant investment in the area, and we are really enjoying having the opportunity to meet and serve the community. Co-op is committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally, and our aim is to operate at the heart of local life. We also want customers to know that they can become a Member of their Co-op, and make a difference every time they swipe their Membership card when buying own branded products.”

The Co-op picked up the “Convenience Retailer of the Year” and “Food-to-go Retailer of the Year” titles at the latest Retail Industry Awards.

Students who are TOTUM cardholders – the new name for NUS extra – can pocket a 10% discount off groceries at the Co-op.

Organisations interested in finding out more about Food Share should ask in store or visit: https://www.coop.co.uk/environment/food-share

Co-op is owned by around 4.6M active Members, and alongside Food, it operates: Co-op Funeralcare, Insurance, Health and Legal Services.

More information about the Co-op is available by visiting https://www.coop.co.uk

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