THE larger of the two Co-operative stores in Shipston-on-Stour is closing for the next two weeks for a £560,000 refurbishment.
The High Street food store will close on Friday until Saturday 9th November while work gets under way.
Tomorrow, the Co-op are donating surplus food to Shipston Food Bank, which is run by Sandra Benfield at the Shipston Charity Shop in Church Street and gets around 20 visitors per month.
Donating essentials like tins of food and toilet rolls, Food Bank volunteer Louise Weston said: “It’s nice that they’re doing it, they have been very supportive to the Food Bank.”
The Co-Op say the refurbishment will allow shoppers to benefit from an improved range of wholefood and Fairtrade products, an increased range of fine wines, and wider choice of ready meals.
Store Manager, Alan Ridley, said: “We understand that closing the store for this time may inconvenience some of our loyal customers, but it is a measure we have to take in order to deliver a Co-operative Food store that really suits the needs of people that live and work in and around Shipston.”
Owned by nearly 8 million members, the Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business and its fifth biggest food retailer. It has almost 2,800 small and medium-sized stores.
Mr Ridley said: “Shipston residents are passionate about their food and our new-look Co-operative Food store will certainly reflect this.
“Our products will reflect that the Co-operative is the leading supermarket supporter of Fairtrade, and is committed to sourcing British products were possible.”
The smaller Midcounties Co-operative store on High Street will remain open.
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