First phase of £3 million makeover of Lichfield Central England Co-op complete with opening of new petrol station
Customers and members visiting Boley Park Food Store will be greeted with a brand new petrol station after the first part of a £3 million redevelopment was officially opened.
The revamp of the busy amenity was completed in just one month and its opening comes just weeks before shoppers will be able to see the brand new flagship store that is currently being built alongside it open its doors for the first time in November.
Alongside the new petrol station, visitors will also be able to benefit from a brand new car park including wider spaces, better traffic flow and improved lighting and walkways, new trees and planters, a new car wash, electric charging points for cars and a bike repair station.
Jamie Joyce, store manager, said: “We want to thank all of our loyal customers and members for putting up with the short term disruption that has resulted in our new and improved petrol station being completed and opened for business.
“This milestone is the signal that our exciting project to transform our Boley Park is progressing really well and that we are only a matter of weeks away from showcasing our new flagship store to everyone.
“We continue to be open throughout the works, from a temporary store onsite, to ensure our communities are served and will keep everyone up to date with the latest news via in-store messaging, posters and local press announcements.”
The £3 million project includes the new store, a large unit that will house a gym and two further retail units.
The new store will feature a raft of new elements including special eco-friendly fridges and lighting, a free water refill station, a phone charging area, customer seating inside and outside of the store as well as self-scan checkouts.
It will also include a range of safety features in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic such as plastic screens, a one-way system and social distancing measures.
If work goes as planned, it is hoped that the new store will open in November. Once the new store is open for business work will begin on the three additional business units.
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Picture caption: Smiles all round as the new Central England Co-op Boley Park petrol station is opened for the very first time.
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Our 7,900 colleagues who serve 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.
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