THE construction of an £816,000, purpose-built Heart of England Co-operative Society foodstore has been completed.
The Co-operative store, in High Street, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, has opened its doors to customers following completion of the project which began in October.
The new facility is twice the size of the old store which is now used as an adjoining warehouse.
In line with all renovation and restoration projects at the Society the new store offers customers an enriched, greener shopping experience.
The store has more retail space, with wider aisles and the capacity to stock a better range of food and drink – in particular fresh foods, meat, dairy products and chilled wines.
As part of the Society’s ongoing commitment and the effort to reduce its carbon footprint, the store is fitted with energy efficient lighting, heating and refrigeration.
Peter Fletcher, General Manager – Food at the Heart of England Co-operative Society, said: “We are delighted to welcome shoppers to our new look store in Ryton-on-Dunsmore.
“Ryton is an extremely popular store within our Food Division. The village itself is large and as well as the locals the store also attracts custom from neighbouring communities.
“Although the old store had been looking tired our customers remained loyal to us throughout and we are delighted to be able to repay that loyalty with a fantastic new facility offering a vibrant shopping experience with an unrivalled range of foods, drinks and household essentials, catering fully for our customers’ shopping needs.”
Among those celebrating the opening of the new-look store were school pupils from Provost Williams CE Primary School, in Sodens Avenue, Ryton-on-Dunsmore. During their visit the children were presented with a £500 donation from the Society’s Helping Hearts Awards Scheme, which pledges every penny of its tobacco profits to charities and worthy causes across the trading area of Coventry, Warwickshire, south Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
During their visit the children took part in a Fairtrade challenge, in which they learned more about the work of the Fairtrade movement, and sampled a range of Fairtrade goods, including cookies and bananas.