Derbyshire food store’s fresh new look after £90k makeover welcomed by colleagues and community

A community food store in Derbyshire where colleagues have been going above and beyond to support locals during these uncertain times has been given a fresh new look following an investment of almost £90,000.

The Central England Co-op in Wardgate Way, Holme Hall has received a raft of updates to give it a fresher, lighter feel and to include several new ranges and features to boost its offering to the local community.

This follows the store’s colleagues working around the clock to ensure people in the community it has served through the Coronavirus pandemic have continued to have access to vital food and essentials.

The Holme Hall community food store has been undergoing a makeover in recent weeks with changes including:

  • An updated product range to better reflect customers’ requirements including improved food to go and chilled alcohol sections
  • New features such as a brand-new Tango Ice Blast machine and hot food unit
  • New internal signage and decoration, including brand new flooring

Store Manager Terry Hall said: “I’m really pleased for the team and for our customers and members as well that we have had this investment as it has made a really positive difference to the store making it much brighter and more spacious.

“The feedback we have had from our customers so far has been so positive and I would like to thank the community for their patience while the work has been completed but I hope they agree with us that it has been worth it.”

The Holme Hall Food Store is open Monday-Sunday 6.30am-10pm. The store has a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special and also offers a lifesaving defibrillator, cash machine, Collect Plus/Paypoint, Lottery, instore bakery and a customer car park.

 

 

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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 and property investment.

 

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 7,800 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 16 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

 

Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.

 

It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.

 

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 

 

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.

 

Central England Co-op was named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.

 

Press office contacts: Rob Smyth and James Brindle

 

Phone - 01543 421390

 

Email - publicrelations@centralengland.coop