Co-op serves-up new-look Astley petrol station with new, larger, food store

PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD GRANGE / UNP (United National Photographers).

Co-op has re-opened its petrol filling station in Manchester Road, Astley, today (Friday, 27, November) following an extensive programme of works to overhaul the fuel forecourt with new pumps and canopy and build a new, larger, food store.

The £1.5M investment in the site – which is known as Cross Hillocks and supports 16 local jobs – has seen the store’s retail space more than double to over 2,900 sq. ft. to create a compelling convenience offer to serve the community..

The new-look store now includes: customer car parking, Costa coffee express and, in-store bakery, alongside a focus on fresh, healthy produce, ready meals and pizzas, award-winning wines, free-from and vegan products, Fairtrade, food-to-go and, everyday essentials.

Paul Griffin, Co-op Area Manager, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to make such a significant investment in our Cross Hillocks petrol station and food store – we have undertaken an extensive programme of works to enhance the fuel and food offer locally, extending the food store and developing the range, choice, products and services that will create a really compelling offer locally to serve the community.

“Co-op is committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally, and to operating at the heart of local life. That is why we also want customers to know that they can become a Member of the Co-op. In addition to unlocking additional value and personalised offers, our Members make a difference to local causes, with Co-op now donating 2% to community causes every time a Member swipes their Membership card when buying own branded products.”

Students who are TOTUM cardholders – the new name for NUS extra – can pocket a 10% discount off groceries at the Co-op.

Contactless card payment limits are increased to £45, making it easier, quicker and safer to shop.

The Co-op’s Community Shopping Card makes it easier for those self-isolating or who have been instructed to stay at home to shop and pay for their essentials – cards can be purchased or topped-up by calling 0800 029 4592, enabling friends, families, neighbours or volunteers to shop on their behalf in store. While the store’s Food Share scheme works to minimise food waste and make a difference locally by supporting local not-for-profit organisations who work to tackle food insecurity.

Co-op provides a funding boost locally and saves shoppers money through its re-launched membership scheme. Members are rewarded with 2p in every pound they spend on Co-op branded products added to their Membership account balance. The Co-op also donates a further 2% to community causes.

Co-op has around 4.6M active Members, and alongside Food, it operates: Co-op Funeralcare, Insurance, Health and Legal Services.

More information about the benefits of Co-op Membership is available by visiting https://www.coop.co.uk/membership

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