New Co-op opens to serve Barking Riverside community

A new Co-op has launched this week in Rivergate Square, Minter Road at Barking Riverside to serve the community.

Guests of honour at the launch included representatives from the King George and Queen’s Hospitals charity which received a £2,000 donation to support their work in the community as part of launch day activities.

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

Contactless card payment limits are set at an increased level of £45, making it easier, quicker and safer to shop.

The Co-op also provides a funding boost locally and gives back to causes in the area through its Membership scheme, where Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own brand products, and the retailer donates a further 1% to community causes.

The retailer’s Food Share scheme works to minimise food waste and make a difference locally, working with local not-for-profit organisations to share food with those in need in the community. While 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 or volunteers to shop on their behalf in store.

Ravi Sandaname, Store Manager, said: “We have had a fantastic response – the store looks great and we are looking forward to serving our community. Co-op is committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally, and our aim is to operate at the heart of local life. We also want customers to know that they can become a Member of their Co-op, and make a difference every time they swipe their Membership card when buying own branded products.”

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

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