Jobs in store as Co-op moves location in Thornton

The existing Co-op in Fleetwood Road North, Thornton
The existing Co-op in Fleetwood Road North, Thornton
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Ten new jobs are set to be created in Thornton when the town’s Co-op store changes location this week.

The exisiting store in Fleetwood Road North will shut its doors on Wednesday a day before the new food store opens further along the road.

It follows a £1.9m investment in the building 300m away. The ten staff from the old store will transfer over and another ten jobs are being created.

The new building will have an in-store bakery and Costa coffee dispenser, alongside fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, wines and essentials.

Bosses say the store will also bring a funding boost to local good causes through its Membership scheme. Members receive a five per cent reward on the purchase of own-brand products and services, with the Co-op donating a further one per cent to local good causes.

The Co-op plans to open 100 new stores UK-wide in 2018. And earlier this year announced a £50m price investment programme to cut the cost of everyday essentials including fruit, vegetables, bread, fresh meat and ready meals, as well as household brand names.

And, students in the area holding a NUS extra card also receive a 10 per cent discount off their groceries at the Co-op to support them during their studies.

Ian Taylor, Co-op store manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to carry out such a significant investment in Thornton, and we are really looking forward to serving the local community.

“Our ambition is to ensure the store is a local hub, a real asset for the community.”

Tony Bill, area manager for the Co-op, said: “The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum. We are investing in our people, stores, products and prices and have the ambition for our stores to be at the heart of local life. We also want customers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. Our members make a difference and simply by swiping their membership card when they shop they are raising funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”