Co-op set to serve-up new-look, extended, store to serve Southwold community

Co-op is set to serve-up a new-look, extended, store to serve the Southwold community following a seven month, £1,6M programme of works and improvements.

The new-look Co-op store re-launches on Tuesday, 12, April, and is powered by 100% renewable electricity. A new awning at the front of the store saying ‘welcome to Southwold’s Co-op’ has also been introduced to reflect its Market Place location.

Opening between 6am-10pm daily, the store – which supports 18 local jobs – includes John Lewis parcel collection and return, Amazon parcel collection and, the Click & Collect of groceries through Co-op’s own online shop – coop.co.uk/shop – for added ease, speed and convenience. There is also a free ATM and customer car parking.

The store – which is now around 25% larger at more than 2,800 sq ft – also offers a Fairtrade coffee dispenser, bakery, hot food and an enhanced range of fresh, healthy products, meal ideas, food-to-go, award winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, free-from, vegan and plant-based products and, everyday essentials.

Southwold’s Co-op also includes a recycle unit for ‘soft plastics’ which are unlikely to be collected by local councils, including: crisp packets, bread bags, lids from ready meals and yogurt pots, biscuit wrappers and, pet food pouches.

A funding boost is provided locally through Co-op’s Membership programme. Membership of the Co-op unlocks additional value through in-store offers, and sees Members rewarded with 2p in every pound they spend on Co-op branded products which is added to their own personal Membership account balance. The Co-op also donates the same amount to local causes and community organisations, with those benefiting currently including: RNLI Lifeguards, Southwold; RNLI Aldeburgh and Home-Start in Suffolk.

Students in Southwold who are TOTUM cardholders – the new name for NUS extra – also receive a 10% discount at the Co-op.

There will be offers, promotions and samples in and around the store to mark its re-launch – including ice cream samples and money saving coupons being given away outside the store between 12:30pm-5pm on launch day, and again between 12 (noon) and 2:30pm the following day.

Robert Lawn, Co-op Store Manager, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to carry out such a significant programme of works and improvements, including an extension of the store, it really has a great new look and feel. We are looking forward to welcoming the community back into their Co-op. Our aim is to operate at the heart of local life and, we have worked to develop the range, choice, products and added services to create a really compelling offer to serve our community, conveniently.”

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