18 November 2022

Co-op has served-up its newest food store today (Friday, 18 October) in Muir of Ord, Ross-shire.

The convenience retailer’s new, near 3,000 sq ft store, was created in the grounds of its former store in Great North Road, Muir of Ord, and supports 15 local jobs.

Children from Tarradale Primary School were among the guests of honours, cutting the ribbon and helping to declare the new store open to serve the community.

Co-op’s new, purpose-built, store is more than 750 sq. ft. larger than its predecessor and, opening between 7am-10pm daily, the new store includes customer car parking, a free ATM; Fairtrade coffee dispenser - known as Ever Ground and, bakery alongside an enhanced range, choice and focus on fresh, healthy products; meal ideas; everyday essentials; food-to-go; chilled beers and award winning wines; ready meals and pizzas and, free-from; vegan and plant-based products – including Co-op’s exclusive vegan range, GRO.

A new bakery range with a serve-over counter offering hot and cold food by Inverness bakers Harry Gow is available, Amazon Lockers are coming soon for convenient parcel collection, while self-service tills have been added for ease and speed.

A funding boost is provided locally through Co-op’s Membership programme. Membership of Co-op unlocks additional value through in-store offers and exclusive deals. It 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. In addition, Co-op also donates the same amount to local causes and community organisations.

Co-op’s soft plastic recycle unit is also available in store to enable the community to recycle ‘soft plastics’ including: crisp packets and bread bags, lids from ready meals and yogurt pots, biscuit wrappers and, pet food pouches – a move which also means that all Co-op’s own food packaging is recyclable. Compostable carrier bags are also available for shoppers who forget their reusable bags.

Students who are TOTUM cardholders – the new name for NUS extra – and those with the Young Scot card receive a 10% discount off groceries at Co-op.

Martin Brant, Co-op's Store Manager, said: “We have had a great response – we are delighted to have had the opportunity to launch Co-op’s newest store, and we are really looking forward to welcoming the community into their new, purpose-built Co-op. As well as being there to serve the community conveniently, we have an increased and enhanced range and choice to provide meal ideas for the evening and, week ahead. The store has a great look and feel, and our aim is to operate at the heart of local life - we have worked to develop the range, choice, products and added services to create a really compelling offer to serve the community.”

Co-op has more than 4M 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

Further information:
Andrew Torr
Senior Press Officer, Co-op Press Office
M: 07702505551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk
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