The Co-operative Food opens new store in South Darenth

13 January 2014

The Co-operative

Children from Horton Kirby C of E Primary joined store manager, Rebecca Tormey, to cut the ribbon to the store and the school received a £200 donation for their help on the day.

The new 2,000sq ft convenience store has been designed around an appreciation of good food, wine and modern cuisine.

Alongside a wide range of The Co-operative Food’s premium Truly Irresistible products, there will be extensive ranges of fresh and chilled produce, delicious ready meals, an in-store bakery, an internal ATM and two self-scanning tills.

Shoppers can also benefit from a large range of “free from” and wholefood products, and can enjoy selecting a bottle of wine from the increased range of fine wines to accompany their meals.

Heather Rohard, from South Darenth, a Co-operative Group member, brought the site of the old Horton Kirby Paper Mill to the community retailer’s attention via the business’ “Suggest-a-site” scheme, which encourages members to suggest potential locations for new stores.

Rebecca Tormey, Store Manager, said: “South Darenth residents are passionate about their food and our new Co-operative food store will certainly reflect this. The store will be packed with modern and interesting meal ideas that, while quick and easy to put together, are sure to impress. Together with great offers, customers will be able to effortlessly create fabulous-tasting meals for themselves and their family and friends.

“We are thrilled to open the doors of our new store in Horton Kirby and as a community retailer we are looking forward to playing a real role in local life.”

The new store in Horton Kirby, South Darenth, is open from 8am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 8am until 9pm on Sundays.

For further information about the “Suggest-a-site” scheme or Co-operative membership, visit

Contact Information:

Kieran Howlett
Senior PR Officer
The Co-operative Group
Mobile: 07739 657585
Tel: 0161 767 4289