Days count down to open­ing of Co-op

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY AN­DREW BROWN an­drew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @visan­drew­brown

THE new Co-op food store in Aughton is get­ting ready to open next month. The store, on the site of the for­mer Cock­beck Tav­ern pub on Town Green Lane, will of­fi­cially open its doors on Thurs­day, Au­gust 10.

Thir­teen jobs will be cre­ated when the store opens.

The of­fi­cial open­ing will be car­ried out by the Deputy Mayor and Deputy May­oress of West Lan­cashire at 10am, al­though the store will be trad­ing from 7am.

Open­ing hours will be 7am un­til 11pm Mon­day to Satur­day and from 8am un­til 11pm on Sun­day.

The con­ve­nience store will be around 2,000 sq ft, and bosses said that will of­fer shop­pers a wide se­lec­tion of fresh and chilled prod­ucts, wine and an in-store bak­ery.

The store will also have a cash ma­chine and a cus­tomer car park.

Store man­ager Dan Lee said: “We are look­ing for­ward to be­ing at the heart of the Aughton com­mu­nity, pro­vid­ing for all of our cus­tomer’s con­ve­nience needs with our award win­ning prod­ucts and ex­ten­sive range se­lec­tion.

“Our world-class team will pro­vide a warm and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere and are al­ways will­ing to go above and be­yond for our cus­tomers and com­mu­nity.”

The Co-op has re­cently ap­pointed a “com­mu­nity pioneer” as part of a new pro­gramme to help de­velop so­lu­tions to meet lo­cal need.

Co-op’s com­mu­nity pioneer for Aughton, Emma Day, said: “The Co-oper­a­tive is a com­mu­nity re­tailer and we are com­mit­ted to play­ing a real role in lo­cal life and em­brac­ing the area’s com­mu­nity spirit.

“We are also giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity. Our mem­bers have an op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence lo­cally sim­ply by us­ing their mem­ber­ship card when they shop with us and raise much needed fund­ing for or­gan­i­sa­tions who con­trib­ute to im­prov­ing lo­cal life.”

The Co-op mem­ber­ship scheme will re­ward mem­bers and their com­mu­ni­ties for trad­ing with the Co-op.

Mem­bers will re­ceive a 5% re­ward for any pur­chases of Co-op own-brand prod­ucts and ser­vices, with a fur­ther 1% go­ing to lo­cal causes.

Mem­bers can choose the lo­cal cause they want to sup­port from a list of three which changes pe­ri­od­i­cally. Groups can ap­ply for this se­lec­tion pe­riod at the web­site causes. coop.co.uk. Ap­pli­ca­tions must be re­ceived by Tues­day, Au­gust 8.

The Co-op will open where the Cock­beck Tav­ern once stood

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