Su­per­mar­ket re­lo­cat­ing to site of for­mer pri­mary school

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A CYNON Val­ley Co-op is to move to the site of a for­mer pri­mary school.

The new store will be at the lo­ca­tion of the for­mer Hir­waun Pri­mary School on Bre­con Road – a 2,500sq ft site, and will open in sum­mer 2018.

It means the ex­ist­ing Coop in Hir­waun, on Tramway Road, will close, and all 15 jobs moved over to the new store. The com­pany says the new site, a £570,000 in­vest­ment, will be at the “heart of the com­mu­nity”, and will have an in-store bak­ery, lo­cally sourced prod­ucts and a fo­cus on healthy, fresh food.

John Hill­man, re­gional ac­qui­si­tions man­ager for the Co-op, said: “We’re look­ing for­ward to open­ing a new store in Hir­waun. We’re de­lighted to have the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide shop­pers with our wide range of award­win­ning food, in a store de­signed to be easy to use for ev­ery­one.

“The new store will also bring a fund­ing boost for com­mu­nity groups through the Co-op’s re­cently-launched mem­ber­ship scheme. Mem­bers re­ceive a 5% re­ward on pur­chases of own-branded prod­ucts and ser­vices, with a fur­ther 1% go­ing di­rectly to lo­cal causes.”

Tony Hind, the su­per­mar­ket’s head of new store de­vel­op­ment, added: “We’re committed to find­ing great lo­ca­tions for our new stores, we know peo­ple want to be able to buy high qual­ity food near to where they live and work, in handy-sized shops open at con­ve­nient times.

“We opened 100 new stores last year and will open another 100 again this year and are al­ways on the look­out for new sites where we can be at the heart of lo­cal life.”

It comes after another Co-op store opened in Cwm­bach ear­lier this month, mark­ing its re­turn to a com­mu­nity with links dat­ing back to the 1850s.

It opened on Septem­ber 7, and is lo­cated at the old car deal­er­ship site in Canal Road.

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