Peacehaven Co-operative launch marked by star-studded celebrations

10 June 2008

The opening of the Peacehaven Co-operative and Meridian Centre will be marked by a day of celebrations in the town on Thursday, 19 June, following its £3 million transformation which has created 30 new jobs.

Children from three local schools – Peacehaven Community, Peacehaven Infants and Hoddern Junior – will star alongside dance sensation Brendan Cole to perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10am, which will kick off a day of fun and celebrations.

The store and centre have been transformed, with the majority of the
£3 million investment being spent on the store itself, and around £400,000 going on improvements to the centre, including new flooring, ceiling and lighting throughout. This follows a £850,000 investment in the store last year when the roof was completely replaced.

Store manager Nick Cressey said: “The opening promises to be a fun-packed day for the people of Peacehaven.  We are delighted Brendan Cole will be helping our local school children open the store at the start of an exciting day with music, food demonstrations and even stilt-walkers.

“Our customers will not believe their eyes – every shelf, tile and till is being replaced – and the results are truly spectacular.”

The 25,000 sq ft shop will feature the consumer-owned business’ new identity, The Co-operative, which aims to highlight improved standards as well as its commitment to supporting local communities and ethical trading policies.

The new-look store will focus on fresh food with new and extended ranges, while features include a new Fairtrade espresso bar; an improved deli, including hot foods; the introduction of The Co-operative bakery; four new self-service tills and a clothing range by Peacocks.

Many of The Co-operative’s family of businesses will be represented;

  • The existing Co-operative Pharmacy will be transformed, and will feature a new private consultation area, giving customers greater privacy when talking to the pharmacist.
  • The Co-operative Travel will feature for the first time, creating four new jobs.  As well as the holiday booking service, customers will also be able to take advantage of the foreign exchange bureau.
  • The new Co-operative Bank will offer an ATM, cheque and cash deposit facilities for current/savings account customers as well as a dedicated phone point that links customers to the Direct Banking team. For the first time in a Co-operative food store, an in-store Co-operative Bank advisor will be on-hand to introduce customers to the new banking facilities.

As part of The Co-operative’s package of wide ranging initiatives to help tackle climate change, the store will be powered by renewable energy. Other ‘green’ features at the store will include more energy efficient lighting and refrigeration.

Nick added: “The store is being totally transformed and will look like a brand new supermarket. It will offer the community a much enhanced shopping experience and we are confident our customers will be absolutely delighted with the changes.”