Song and dance over new store

The Co -oprative food store opening

The Co -oprative food store opening

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BLACKPOOL shoppers finally have a branded food supermarket in their town centre.

And hopes are high that the new £510,000 Co-operative Food Store on Abingdon Street will help pull shoppers across a wider area of the town centre.

Eileen Ormand, Blackpool’s Business Improvement District manager, said: “We’re delighted to have a branded supermarket in town.

“We’re hoping it changes the dynamics of how the centre works.

“It will pull people over and benefit the area with extra footfall for the likes of Abingdon Street Market and Birley Street.

“And it will be a destination in its own right for people.”

Fleetwood’s Ballroom Bratz dance group performed the official ribbon-cutting duties at the new shop.

And the group from the Alison Slinger School of Dancing receive a donation of £200 for group funds from store manager, Karen Maunder.

She said: “As a community retailer it is fantastic that one of our local dance groups was involved in our special day.

“They really helped us open the store in true Blackpool style.

“Our store will operate in the heart of the community, providing an ideal location for people to shop locally. It is important to all the members of staff here that we meet people’s needs and we are all looking forward to welcoming our new customers.”

The Co-operative now boasts a food store in every postal area of the UK, after undergoing a transformation to become a leading light in food retailing.