Central England Co-operative spends nearly £600,000 on a new store in Ashby – creating 13 new jobs – and celebrates with golden ticket giveaway
Central England Co-operative opened the doors to its new food store in Ashby by handing 50 lucky shoppers golden tickets – with one walking away with a brand new 49” television.
The store was opened by a very proud Harry Warburton, aged 11, who lives near the store and loves to visit it.
The opening of the brand new food store, based in School Lane, has created 13 jobs and offers a wide range of products and services to meet the needs of local residents.
A total of £580,000 has been spent on the store including energy-efficient refrigeration technologies to minimise environmental impact, LED lighting and a Costa Coffee machine.
Hundreds of people queued outside from the early hours of the morning to be one of the lucky 50 to be handed a golden ticket to celebrate the official opening.
Chris Holland revealed that he was amazed when he unwrapped his golden ticket to find out he had won a 49” TV.
He said: “I'm really happy to win the television from such a lovely, local store. I live around the corner and the Co-op is a great addition to the local community."
Other golden ticket winners shared a mix of Co-operative gift vouchers, Irresistible Fairtrade chocolate bars and a Bluetooth speaker.
School Lane Central England Co-operative Store Manager Rhianne McLean said: “Our team were so excited to finally allow our members and customers to see our new store. The store looks fantastic and already customers have been making many positive comments about how it looks and the different products and services now available.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank customers for their patience. It has been long-awaited, but hopefully everyone will enjoy the store as much as we do.
“All of us here at Ashby store are proud to be part of such a great community and are looking forward to welcoming all customers, old and new, to come and enjoy our new food store.”
The Ashby Co-operative Food Store is open from 7am – 10pm every day. The store offers a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special. The store offer includes fresh and local fruit and vegetables, an in-store bakery offering breads and pastries, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen product, Irresistible product ranges, and a great selection of food to go.
The store also offers NUS extra, Paypoint, Collect Plus, foreign currency, a free car park, a free cash machine and a lifesaving defibrillator.
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Picture references: Harry Warburton, pictured with Store Manager Rhianne McLean and colleagues cut the ribbon at the new Central England Co-operative Food Store, in Ashby.
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, 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 2018.
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.
For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative
Rob Smyth / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140