A KNOTT End store has undergone a £270,000 transformation.
As part of a company-wide commitment to serving local communities, the Co-operative invested the money to refurbish its food store on Lancaster Road.
To celebrate, pupils from Stanah Primary School performed the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the store, and received a cheque for £200 for school funds.
The Co-operative now has a food store in every postal area of the UK, and has become one of the fastest-growing food stores in the UK after a re-imagining of the business.
The investment in Knott End has brought a brand new layout to the store, ensuring a more pleasant shopping experience for people picking up their groceries. A bakery will offer a selection of in-store baked breads and pastries, and seasonal ranges will be introduced in store throughout the year.
Store manager Tanya Nicholson said: “We operate in the heart of the community and by doing so provide an ideal location for people to shop locally.
“It is important that we continue to meet people’s needs and provide a welcoming environment in which to shop.
“Upgrading the store has freshened up the shopping experience and improved the vitality of Knott End as a destination.
“I look forward to welcoming customers into the new-look store.”
To celebrate the re-opening of the new-look store, shoppers were given the chance to try their luck on fun scratch cards for a chance to win prizes from the Co-operative’s family of businesses, including a holiday worth £1,000, electrical items and food vouchers.
The Co-operative gives profits back to members through its membership scheme. Members can choose to keep the cash or donate to local good causes.
Membership, which costs just £1, offers a range of benefits including a say in how stores are run and the opportunity to support The Co-operative’s campaigns on issues such as climate change and social inclusion.