Co-op to invest £240,000 to Bletchley store

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As part of its ongoing commitment to serving local communities, The Co-operative is investing £240,000 to fully refurbish its food store on Newton Road, Bletchley. The new look store will open its doors on Thursday 2 February.

On the opening day, children from Holne Chase Primary School will perform the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am with Tracy Bianci, store manager, at the store. The youngsters will receive a donation of £200 for school funds.

The Co-operative, which has a food store in every postal area of the UK, has undergone a transformation in recent years to become a leading light in food retailing.

The investment will bring a brand new layout to the store, a new kiosk, signage and a new in-store bakery, ensuring a more pleasant shopping experience for people picking up their groceries locally. Extensive ranges of fresh fruit and vegetables and higher welfare meat and fish will continue, and as the leading supermarket supporter of Fairtrade foods, The Co-operative’s popular Fairtrade products will also remain.

Tracy Bianci, Store Manager at The Co-operative Food on Newton Road said: “We operate in the heart of the community and by doing so provide an ideal location for people to shop locally. It is important that we continue to meet people’s needs and provide a welcoming environment in which to shop.

“Upgrading the store has freshened up the shopping experience and improved the vitality of the local area. I look forward to welcoming customers into the new-look store.”

The Co-operative is different because it gives profits back to members through the Membership scheme. Members can choose to keep the cash or donate all or part of their share to local good causes.

Membership of The Co-operative Group, which costs just £1, offers a range of benefits including a say in how stores are run and the opportunity to support The Co-operative’s campaigns on issues such as climate change and social inclusion.