Town’s new store to open

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

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

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