Great Conard pupils launch latest Co-op Food Store near Sudbury

30 July 2015

The Co-operative’s latest food store which opened (Thursday, 30 July) near Sudbury following a £550,000 investment.

Pupils from the Thomas Gainsborough School helped the Co-op store team to cut the ribbon and declare the new food store open, the students are also completing a mural which will go on display in the store.

Located in Canhams Road, Great Cornard, the store opens from 6am – 10pm, seven days a week, and has a focus on fresh, healthy foods and essentials. It has an enhanced bakery range, an ATM and, dedicated car parking spaces.

The new Co-operative food store will also have a Community Pioneer, a member of the food store team who will also work to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising initiatives to helping to understand and develop solutions to meet community needs.

It also offers free home delivery – shoppers spending £25 or more on groceries and everyday essentials at The Co-op can have shopping delivered free to their door. Where the service has been introduced elsewhere, it has been of particular benefit to parents of young children, elderly or disabled shoppers, and those without their own transport.

Tony Measham, Manager of the new Co-operative food store, said:

“We are delighted to have made such a significant investment in Sudbury, our new store looks fantastic and, it is an exciting time for the whole team. I would also like to say a special ‘thank you’ to the school for sharing our big day with us.

“We are investing to enhance the in-store experience for our members and customers, while lowering the price of everyday essentials - I am confident that our new-look store will be a real asset to the community, playing a real part in local life while enabling shoppers to pick up delicious food conveniently.”

The Co-op, which has a store in every postal area and around 2,800 stores UK-wide, has also announced a £125M investment in lowering the price of everyday essentials as it aims to be the UK’s number one convenience retailer. The move has seen it prune the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables, including revolving offers on popular produce, called “fresh three”, which currently offers tomatoes (6 pack), little gem lettuce (2s) and Kiwi fruit (4s) priced at just 49p.

The school will receive a donation of £200 towards its funds as a thank you for helping to launch the new Co-op food store.

There are offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch.


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