The Co-op re-launched its food Ordsall store with St Giles School pupils as guests of honour

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pupils from St Giles School are guests of honour at the re-launch of The Co-op food store Ordsall (near Retford) this week (Friday, 20 November) following a £630,000 investment to extend and makeover the store. Children from the school – which welcomes a diverse range of pupils with special educational needs from the ages of 3-19 – will cut the ribbon and declare the new-look store open for the community. The major makeover has seen the store increase in size by around a third, with its opening hours changing to 6am-11pm and, the creation of twelve new retail roles in store. Vacancies still remain, and the part-time, flexible nature of a number of the positions are considered ideal for those studying full-time, working around family needs or, who are semi-retired – anyone interested in finding out more should pop in to the Co-op store and speak to Manager, Sharleen Turner.

The store will feature an enhanced in-store bakery, and a focus on fresh, healthy food and essentials. Its new refrigeration will enhance its chilled and frozen ranges including, dairy, meat, ready meals and desserts and, it will also include a Costa coffee express dispenser.

The store will also launch its Community Pioneer role, where a member of the food store team, Melanie Thompson, will also work to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising initiatives to helping to understand and develop solutions to meet community needs including support for the British Red Cross, The Co-op’s new charity partnership which will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in communities.

Sharleen Turner, Manager of the Co-op’s new-look food store in Ordsall, said: “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to make such a significant investment in Ordsall, and delighted to have a fantastic new-look food store with which to serve the community – it is an exciting time for the whole team. The Co-operative is investing to transform and grow its convenience business, enhancing the in-store experience while lowering the price of everyday essentials. We are confident that the store will be a real asset to the community, enabling shoppers to pick up delicious food conveniently and, as a community retailer and a co-operative, it will play its part in local life too.”

There will be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its re-launch. Students – who hold a NUS extra card – receive a 10% discount off their groceries in store. And, The Co-op has also announced a £125M investment in lowering the price of everyday essentials – a move which has seen it prune the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables including revolving offers on popular produce, called “fresh three”.

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

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Co-Op Store opening in Retford, Nottinghamshire. Store manager, Sharleen Turner, opens the store with the help of staff and children from Willow Class, St Giles School.

Co-Op Store opening in Retford, Nottinghamshire.
Store manager, Sharleen Turner, opens the store with the help of staff and children from Willow Class, St Giles School.