Co-op to open town cen­tre food store

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Co-op is set to un­veil its lat­est food store in Maid­stone town cen­tre.

The branch, cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion in Week Street, will oc­cupy the for­mer site of Linens Di­rect af­ter clos­ing ear­lier this year.

The su­per­mar­ket chain says the new £705,000 shop will open in just over two weeks on Thurs­day, No­vem­ber 15.

Shop­pers are be­ing told to ex­pect an in-store bak­ery, Costa Cof­fee ma­chine, cash ma­chine and self-scan tills.

The com­pany also says the shop will bring a fur­ther 18 full and part-time jobs to the County Town.

Luke Arnold, store man­ager, said: “We are de­lighted to have un­der­taken such a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in Maid­stone and are very proud to be part of this com­mu­nity.”

The ad­di­tion will mean shop­pers now have three su­per­mar­ket brands to choose from on just one street as it joins M&S and Tesco.

Ian Rowe, area man­ager, has high hopes for the suc­cess of the new branch de­spite com­pe­ti­tion.

“The Co-op is mov­ing for­ward with a clear pur­pose and mo­men­tum, and our am­bi­tion is to en­sure the store is a lo­cal hub for peo­ple liv­ing in the area,” he said.

The open­ing of the new store comes along­side a wider in­vest­ment in the firm’s of­fer­ing in the county as Co-op ex­ecs pump £2.3 mil­lion into over­haul­ing a num­ber of Kent fill­ing sta­tions.

Four ren­o­vated sites opened in Oc­to­ber in Rams­gate, Bob­bing, Swan­ley and Rochester with an­other six this month.

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