Town’s new store to open
THE new Co-op in Cwmbach will officially open its doors on Thursday, creating 20 new jobs and supporting a number of good causes in the Cynon Valley.
THE Co-op in Cwmbach will open on Thursday, reigniting a link between the company and the village that can be traced back to the 1850s.
The official opening date was announced last month, and it was this week announced the store on Canal Road will be helping a number of local good causes in the Cynon Valley.
The store said those who will initially benefit will be Hirwaun OAP, which is raising funds for coach trips and days out for its members and Women’s Aid RCT (Wave) to run self-help groups to promote confidence and self-belief.
It will create up to 20 new jobs for the area, replacing the former car dealership site, and also bring funding to boost local groups through its membership scheme.
Local councillor for Cwmbach Jeffrey Elliott said: “It’s great that the Co-op will be returning to this area, where it once opened as the first Co-op in Wales.
“I wish them well and all the success in the future.
“I am very grateful for this historic development in Cwmbach.”
Alongside its usual offerings, the new Co-op will offer an in-store bakery, Costa coffee dispenser and customer car parking.
It will open again in the village after an investment of over £500,000.
Ben Williams, store manager, said: “We are delighted to have made such a significant investment in Cwmbach.
“It is an exciting time for the whole team to be involved in the opening of Co-op’s newest Welsh food store – our ambition is to establish the store as a local hub, a real asset for the community.
“We also want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Coop, and that we are also giving back to the community.
“Our members can make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card.
“When they shop with us they can raise much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”
The Co-op in Cwmbach pictured in 1900