Co-op to re-open after £400k re­vamp

New-look store plans to ‘make a dif­fer­ence’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HAR­LING­TON Co-op will be of­fi­cially re-opened at 10am on Fri­day (Oc­to­ber 28) fol­low­ing a £400,000 in­vest­ment to trans­form the store and cre­ate a new shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence for the com­mu­nity.

The store has been ‘re­de­fined’ with a fo­cus on fresh, healthy foods and es­sen­tials, and will of­fer an im­proved in-store bak­ery range.

It will be among the first stores in Greater London to fea­ture the Co-op’s new blue clover­leaf brand­ing.

The re­fit also co­in­cides with the Co-op unveiling its new mem­ber­ship of­fer.

The unique new scheme will see Co-op mem­bers re­ceive a five per cent re­ward on pur­chases of Co-op own-branded prod­ucts and ser­vices, with a fur­ther one per cent go­ing to lo­cal causes and groups to make a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­nity.

Com­mu­nity groups sup­ported by the Har­ling­ton store are Har­ling­ton Hos­pice As­so­ci­a­tion Limited, the Com­mu­nity Cancer Cen­tre and West Dray­ton And Yiewsley Se­nior Cit­i­zens Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mem­bers of the Co-op can choose which of th­ese causes they wish to sup­port on­line.

Money will be raised over a six-month pe­riod with the three groups es­ti­mated to share around £2,500.

The store will also high­light its Com­mu­nity Pioneer role where a mem­ber of the food store team, Flora Salum, will work to foster in­volve­ment in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, help­ing to un­der­stand and de­velop so­lu­tions to meet com­mu­nity needs in­clud­ing sup­port for the Bri­tish Red Cross.

Siva Ra­saiya, man­ager of the Co-op in the High Street, Har­ling­ton, said: “We are thrilled to have made such a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in Har­ling­ton, and de­lighted that we have a fan­tas­tic new food store with which to serve the com­mu­nity – it is an ex­cit­ing time for the whole team.

“The Co-op is a com­mu­nity re­tailer, and we are committed to play­ing an ac­tive role in lo­cal life, em­brac­ing the area’s com­mu­nity spirit.

“As well as rais­ing money for lo­cal char­i­ties, we will also be sup­port­ing the Co-op’s na­tional part­ner­ship with Bri­tish Red Cross to con­front lone­li­ness.

“The store will be a hub for the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and cus­tomers will be able to find out what is go­ing on lo­cally, and learn about how the Co-op can ben­e­fit lo­cal groups.”

There are of­fers and pro­mo­tions in and around the store to mark its re­launch.

Its reg­u­lar open­ing hours will be from 6am to 11pm seven days a week.

LUCKY SIGN: The Har­ling­ton store will be among the first in Greater London to fea­ture the new blue clover-leaf brand­ing

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