£630,00 new look in store for village’s supermarket

The Co-op has promised it wll focus on fresh produce at the refurbished store in Easington Colliery.
The Co-op has promised it wll focus on fresh produce at the refurbished store in Easington Colliery.

A village’s supermarket is to reopen today following a £630,000 makeover.

The Co-op in Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery, will welcome customers once again, with its bosses promising the business will focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

Councillor David Boyes, front, with members of staff of the refurbished Co-Op in Easington Colliery. Photo by Tom Robinson of Jpeg photography group.

Councillor David Boyes, front, with members of staff of the refurbished Co-Op in Easington Colliery. Photo by Tom Robinson of Jpeg photography group.

It will also feature new self-service check outs to improve service times.

The new-look for the store will also bring a funding boost for local community groups through its new membership scheme.

Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community.

Community groups set to benefit are Easington Colliery Band, Easington Colliery Social Welfare Centre and Easington Village Luncheon Millennium Club.

It is an exciting time for the whole team.

Mark Algar

Mark Algar, store manager for the Co-op, said: “We are delighted to have made such a significant investment in our Easington Colliery store, it has a great new look and we are looking forward to re-launching and serving the community.

“The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum and our ambition is to establish the store as a local hub, a real asset for the community.

“It is an exciting time for the whole team.”

Michael Boucher, area manager for the Co-op, added: “The return to our ‘clover leaf’ design logo – first used in the 1960s - aims to re-establish the Co-op as a centre for the community, and we want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op.

Councillor David Boyes speaks to a member of staff at the refitted Co-op store in Easington Colliery. Picture by Tom Robinson of Jpeg photography group.

Councillor David Boyes speaks to a member of staff at the refitted Co-op store in Easington Colliery. Picture by Tom Robinson of Jpeg photography group.

“We are also giving back to the community.

“Our members have an opportunity to make a difference locally.

“Simply by using their membership card when they shop with us they will raise much needed funding for organisations who contribute to improving local life.”