Children from St Michael’s CE Primary School were invited along to officially open the new Co-operative store in Newmarket, Louth.
The ribbon at the new store, which opened on Thursday (November 20) was cut by pupils Olivia Shufflebotham, Jake Adam, Isla Donelly and Millie Tolton alongside their teaching assistant Catherine West.
The new Co-operative store is open between 6am and 11pm every day, and can be found at the former Brown’s Car Showroom site at 155 Newmarket.
Carol Garside, Store Manager, said: “I’m excited about welcoming customers into our new store, which will offer a completely different shopping experience.
“The Co-operative is a community retailer and we are committed to playing a real role in local life.
“I’m delighted to welcome pupils from St. Michael’s School into the store to share in our special day, and to play a key role in the opening.”
The new store has also appointed two ‘community pioneers’, Carrie Hodgson and Becci Addison, as part of a new programme that will see a member of the store team being given an additional remit to foster a strong involvement in community activity, from volunteering opportunities to helping develop solutions to meet local needs.
Following an investment of £550,000, the new convenience store, which has a sales area of around 3,000 feet, has created 16 new jobs.
The Co-operative Group has said that the store is designed around “an appreciation of good food, wine and modern cuisine”.
The company believes that the new store will be a hub for the local community, and customers will be able to find out what is going on locally, and learn about how the Co-operative can benefit local groups.
The new shop is the second Co-operative Group Food store in Louth, alongside the existing store in Northgate.