Central England Co-operative invests £190,000 in revamping Food Store in Dersingham

Central England Co-operative has opened the doors to its refurbished food store in Dersingham following a major investment with local schoolchildren helping design a special feature to brighten up the store.

The Lynn Road store has been given a £190,000 makeover to provide its members and customers with an improved shopping experience, while schoolchildren from Dersingham VA Primary and Nursery School have produced a colourful piece of artwork which now adorns the front of the store.

They also produced some festive Christmas decorations which hang proudly from the store’s Christmas tree inside the entrance to the store.

Children from the school were invited along to help cut the ribbon and to see the finished artwork for themselves.

The revamped store also now boasts an updated product range to better reflect customers’ requirements, fresh decoration, a brand new customer toilet, new customer seating inside and outside the store and even ‘pet parking’.

Store Manager Tim Drew said: “Our team has been so excited. The revamp looks fantastic and already customers have been making many positive comments about how it looks.

“I would like to thank our members and customers for their patience during the refurbishment and I hope they enjoy the changes as much as we do.

“All of us here at the Dersingham Food Store are proud to be part of such a great community in Dersingham and it was fantastic to be able to welcome Dersingham VA Primary and Nursery School to be our guests of honour at the opening of our brand new store and to see their fantastic artwork recreated on the store.

“We are looking forward to welcoming customers, new and old, to come and enjoy our Food Store and see the changes for themselves.”

Gayle Platt, Head teacher at Dersingham VA Primary and Nursery School, said the school was delighted to team up with the store on the artwork.

She said: “The children had a great time completing the projects and have been so excited to come down and have a look around the store and see their work proudly displayed.”

The Lynn Road Food Store is open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 9pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

The store has a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special. The offer includes fresh and local fruit and vegetables, an instore bakery, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen product and Irresistible product ranges.

The store also offers an instore bakery, car park, cash machine, Collect Plus, Paypoint, food bank, and Lottery, as well as a lifesaving defibrillator.


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. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.

Central England Co-operative has over 400 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.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2019.

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop

For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative

Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390

Email – publicrelations@centralengland.coop