Leicestershire food store gets fresh new look with £110k makeover including special artwork created by village schoolchildren

Posted by james brindle | Published: 24/11/2020

A community food store in Leicestershire has been given a fresh new look following an investment of £110,000, including a special new feature designed by local schoolchildren.

The Central England Co-op in The Green, Thringstone 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 colleagues working around the clock to ensure vulnerable people across the community have continued to have access to vital food and essentials through the Coronavirus pandemic.

The store front now incorporates a special feature designed by schoolchildren from Thringstone Primary School, a piece of artwork portraying the well-known local ruin Grace Dieu Priory, while it is hoped brand new style external signage will be installed in the coming weeks.

The community food store’s makeover has been taking place in recent weeks with other changes including:

  • A brand new free hot and cold free water refill station
  • New internal signage and decoration, including refreshed kiosk and till area
  • New LED lighting
  • A new Costa Coffee machine                    
  • An updated product range to better reflect customers’ requirements including an improved food to go range

Store Manager Kurtis Redburn said: “We are really happy with the changes to the store which have provided a fresher look and some great new features to offer our customers and members.

“It is lovely of the children at Thringstone Primary School to provide a fantastic piece of artwork which we have proudly displayed on the front of the store and we hope they enjoy seeing it every time they visit. It’s especially nice for me as my daughter attends the school.

“I would like to thank our customers and members for their patience while the work has been taking place and we have already received some great feedback about the changes and I can’t wait for everyone to see the transformation.

“It has also really given the team a well-deserved boost after they have worked tirelessly this year to support the community in these uncertain times.”

The Thringstone Food Store is open every day Monday to Sunday 7am-10pm.

The store has a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special and also offers a free cash machine, Collect Plus/Paypoint, car park, Lottery and an instore bakery.


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 with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish.  

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.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 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. 

We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.

We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.4 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.

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