Central England Co-op reveals opening date of new food store in Doncaster

Central England Co-op can today reveal the launch date of its brand new community store in Doncaster.

The Society will officially open its new store in High Street, Barnby Dun, on Friday, 3 July offering the local community food and essentials on their doorstep.

The store is on the site of the former Star Inn public house in the village and will feature a customer car park with electric car charging points, a full range of products, a free water refill station, phone charging area and customer toilet.

A food bank collection point will also be installed which will support the great work of Doncaster Food Bank as it continues to manage the increased demand caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.

In line with the latest Government guidance, the store will have a range of social distancing measures in place, including special floor markings, one-way system, external queuing, hygiene changes such as a hand sanitising station upon entry and safety devices such as plastic screens at checkouts and visors for all colleagues.

Barnby Dun Central England Co-operative Store Manager Neil Holmes said: “We are delighted that we will finally be opening the doors and welcoming the community into our brand new store in Barnby Dun.

“These are not the circumstances that we ever imagined launching this fantastic new store in, but we are looking forward to being there with the vital food and essentials locals need in these uncertain times and to being a part of a great community in Barnby Dun.”

The Barnby Dun Co-operative food store will be open from 7am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday.

The store will offer a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special.

This includes fresh fruit and vegetables, an in-store bakery offering breads and pastries, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen product, Irresistible product ranges, as well as a great selection of food to go.

It will also offer Lottery, Paypoint, Collect Plus and foreign currency, as well as a Costa Coffee machine and an instant hot water tap so customers can enjoy a herbal tea, customer seating inside and out, a free cash machine and a lifesaving defibrillator has also been installed.

 

Notes to editors

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral, travel and property investment.

Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish. 

Our 7,900 colleagues serving our Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 

We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.

We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.3 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.

Visit www.centralengland.coop for more information or follow us on Facebook or Twitter using @mycoopfood

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Phone - 01543 421390

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