Co-op serves-up new Torquay store

Photo by: Theo Moye.

Co-op serves-up its newest food store in Torquay today following a £615,000 investment creating 14 local jobs.

The new 2,300 sq ft store – which is located at the new Torwood Street development, underneath the Hampton by Hilton hotel – opened on Friday, 4 December and runs on 100% renewable electricity

Opening between 7am-11pm daily, the new convenience store includes a bakery, hot food and Costa coffee express alongside a focus on fresh, healthy produce, award winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, free-from and vegan products, Fairtrade, food-to-go and, everyday essentials.

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.

Neil Forbes, Co-op Area Manager, said: “We have had a great response – we are delighted to have had the opportunity to make such a significant investment in Torquay – creating new jobs and offering a new convenience store to serve the community and visitors to the area. The store has a great look and feel, and we have worked to develop the range, choice, products and services that will create a really compelling offer to serve the community, conveniently.

“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, Members also help to 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.”

Photo by: Theo Moye.

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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