Co-op spends over £900k on a new store in Irthlingborough and celebrates with golden ticket giveaway

Central England Co-operative has created 18 new jobs after spending over £900,000 on a new Food Store and Funeral Home in Irthlingborough.

The brand new businesses, based in Church Street, offer a wide range of products and services to meet the needs of local residents.

The new Food Store includes the latest in pioneering new energy efficient refrigeration technologies to minimise environmental impact and LED lighting.

To mark the opening of the new Food Store, 50 lucky shoppers were handed golden tickets – with one walking away with a brand new 49” television.

Television winner Josephine Horne, of Waterloo Way, said: "I'm absolutely ecstatic as I never ever win anything, I'm truly gobsmacked! I had walked to the store, which is about an hour round trip, to get the second to last ticket and I won the best prize.”

Other golden ticket winners shared a mix of Co-operative gift vouchers and Irresistible Fairtrade chocolate bars.

Irthlingborough Central England Co-operative Store Manager Michelle Santoro 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 during the build, it has been long-awaited, but hopefully everyone will enjoy the store as much as we do.

“All of us here at Nicky Collins store are proud to be part of such a great community and are looking forward to welcoming all customers to come and enjoy our new food store.”

Pupils from Irthlingborough Junior School were on hand to officially cut the ribbon and open the new store.

The Irthlingborough 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 fruit and vegetables, an in-store bakery offering breads and pastries, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen product, Irresistible product ranges, Bake and Bite and a great selection of food to go.

The store will also offer NUS Extra, Paypoint, Collect Plus, foreign currency, a free car park, a free cash machine and a lifesaving defibrillator.

The new Funeral Home offers a 24-hour service, seven days a week.  In addition to arranging funerals, the team are also able to offer advice on floral tributes, monumental masonry, funeral stationery, pre-paid funeral plans and probate advice.  The team can be contacted on XXXX.

Funeral Director Martin Sanders said: “We are excited at being a major part of the Irthlingborough community for years to come.”

The Funeral Home will be holding a special dedication day in the coming weeks to officially mark the opening of the new home.

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

 

Notes to editors

 

Picture caption: Youngsters from Irthlingborough Junior School and Store Manager Michelle Santoro cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the new Irthlingborough Food Store.

 

 

 

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 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.

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 at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

 

Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop



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