MANCHESTER, 15-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The Co-op serves-up a new food store in Market Harborough following a £1.9M investment creating 15 jobs. The Leicester Road store launches on Thursday, 15 March, with representatives from Market Harborough Primary Academy and the Market Harborough Fire and Rescue Service helping to cut the ribbon and declare the new store open for the community – the Co-op will make a £500 donation towards both the school’s funds and the Fire Fighters Charity as part of launch day celebrations.
The store also brings a funding boost locally through its Membership scheme – Members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-brand products and services, with the Co-op donating a further 1% to local good causes. The Co-op will have an in store bakery and Costa coffee dispenser, alongside its focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, award winning wines and essentials.
Asha Scarlett, Co-op Store Manager, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to undertake such a significant investment in Market Harborough – we are really looking forward to welcoming members and customers into their new Co-op. We are proud to be part of the community, and our ambition is to ensure the store is a local hub, a real asset locally.”
Richard Kozial, Area Manager for the Co-op, added: “The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum. We are investing in our people, stores, products, prices and communities – our ambition is for our stores to be at the heart of local life, bringing communities together and offering great quality products when and where shoppers need them. We also want customers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. And, that we are also giving back to the community. Our members make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”
The retailer – which won the title of Convenience Retailer of the Year at last year’s Retail Industry Awards – last month unveiled a £50M price investment programme to cut the cost of everyday essentials including fruit, vegetables, bread, fresh meat and ready meals, as well as household brand names. There are offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch.
And, students in Market Harborough holding a NUS extra card also receive a 10% discount off their groceries at the Co-op to support them during their studies.
Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its local Community Fund – which is re-open for applications between 5 March and 8 April – is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/
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