Fuel-good factor as Bewdley Bridge filling station re-opens following £1M investment

27 October 2016

A Bewdley Bridge petrol station is set to re-open tomorrow (Friday, 28 October) following a four month £1M programme of investment.

The Co-op on Kidderminster Road has undergone modernisation and improvements to its filling station infrastructure including new tanks.

In addition, the food store has received a major makeover with a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and food-to-go plus, Costa coffee. It will open between 5am- Midnight.

The new store will also bring a funding boost to local community groups through the Co-op’s new Membership scheme.

Co-op members receive a 5% reward on purchases of its own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going local causes and groups to make a difference in the community – groups in the area set to initially benefit include: Florest Dog Rescue; Kemp Hospice and the Our Way Self-Advocacy.

The retailer has also appointed a Community Pioneer, Mark Hateley, who is a member of the food store team working to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising to working with charities, schools and voluntary organisations to contribute to local life.

Julie Foden, Store Manager, said: “We are delighted to have made such a significant investment in Bewdley Bridge, re-launching the filling station and food store is an exciting time for the whole team - our aim is to establish the store as a local hub and we are looking forward to serving the community now the programme of works are complete.”

“The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum – delivering a compelling, convenient and co-operative experience for our members and customers. Our return to the ‘clover leaf’ design logo – first used in the 1960’s - links to a time when people really understood how they could be co-owners and members of their Co-op, and how a strong Co-op could help to create strong communities. And, what better way than to give back to communities as a reward for shopping with us. Our members have an opportunity to make a difference locally simply by using their card when they shop with us and provide much needed funding for organisations who contribute to improving local life.”

Earlier this year the Co-op was described as the fastest growing non-discounter food store according to retail industry data released by Kantar Worldpanel.

There are offers and promotions in and around the new-look store to mark its re-launch. And, students in the area who hold a NUS extra card receive a 10% discount off their groceries in the store.

Co-op members are urged to look out for their new-look membership card which are being issued over the coming weeks. Members can choose which of the good causes they wish to support, and money will be raised over a six month period – for further information visit coop.co.uk/membership

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Further information:

Andrew Torr

Co-op Press Office

M: 07702 505 551

E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk