Co-op aims to be ‘hub’ after £330k revamp

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A village food store will re-open today with the aim of becoming a community hub.

Isleham’s Co-operative shop has been transformed thanks to a £330,000 facelift.

While the West Street store was closed for refurbishment work to be carried out, a temporary bus service was put in place thanks to a partnership with the parish council which transported shoppers hourly to the nearby Co-operative Food store in Fordham,

The new look store plans to appoint a ‘community pioneer’ as part of a new programme that will see a member of the store team working to development a strong involvement in village life, from providing volunteering opportunities to helping develop solutions to meet local needs.

“The Co-operative is a community retailer, and we are committed to playing an active role in local life, embracing the area’s community spirit,” said store manager Ray Goodwin. “The 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 store has a new in-store bakery and extended ranges of fresh produce, ready meals and pizzas. Staff at the store have been receiving additional training to enable them to provide expert advice and to help inspire customers with meal ideas.

“I’m excited about welcoming shoppers into the new store,” said Mr Goodwin. “The transformation has been amazing, and I’m sure our customers will enjoy shopping in the new environment, which will provide them with a 
convenient location to pick up everything they need to 
create inspirational and tasty meals.”