Pupils check out shop’s new look

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ALBUM -

WYE young­sters wielded the scis­sors as the vil­lage’s re­vamped Co-op store un­veiled its new look. The pupils from Lady Joanna Thornhill pri­mary school cut the rib­bon at the open­ing cer­e­mony last Thurs­day, and were pre­sented with a do­na­tion of £200 for the school. The gro­cery shop in Church­field Way has been re­dec­o­rated in bright colours, and new floor­ing, shelv­ing and fridges have been in­stalled, at a cost of £270,000. Man­ager Joanna Coombes, 54, has been work­ing at the store for 16 years. Born and bought up in Wye, she can re­mem­ber when the Co-op moved from its old site op­po­site the agri­cul­tural col­lege to Church­field Way. She said: “I was about five when it moved, so I think it was in the 1950s. The Co-op has al­ways been a part of the vil­lage.” She added: “I am con­fi­dent our shop­pers will be de­lighted with our im­proved store and wider se­lec­tion of goods which will bet­ter meet all the com­mu­nity’s daily gro­cery needs.” The Wye Co-op has had an event­ful re­cent his­tory, hav­ing twice been hit by ram-raid rob­bers in the past five years. Joanna said: “I’m sure that didn’t stem from the vil­lage, al­though it was very dis­turb­ing for ev­ery­body here.”

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Man­ager Joanna Coombes, staff mem­bers Michael Luck­hurst and Zena Boyce and pupils from Lady Joanna Thornhill school at the launch

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