Central England Co-op has officially opened its new store in Norwich creating 20 new jobs and investing over half a million pounds in the local community.
The Society today cut the ribbon at its new store in Chartwell Road, Sprowston, powered by 100% renewable energy, offering the local community food and essentials right on their doorstep.
The store offers self-scan till points, a shared customer car park with electric car charging points, a full range of products, a free hot and cold water refill station, phone charging area and a customer toilet.
A food bank collection point has also been installed to support the great work of Norwich Food Bank as it continues to manage the increased demand caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.
To mark the launch Store Manager Brad Tuckfield made a donation of two trolleys full of food and essentials to the food bank and Norwich Foodbank Project Manager Hannah Worsley was on hand to gratefully accept on the food bank’s behalf.
She said: "We are delighted to have a collection point at the new Central England Co-op in Sprowston and I would like to thank Brad and his team for their generous donation.
“We have been so grateful that people across Norwich have been so generous in supporting the foodbank during these tough times for everyone, thinking of others who may be facing hardship and helping us to make a real difference to the community.
“There are items which there is particular demand for at the moment and we would be really grateful to receive donations of, including long life sponge puddings, tinned potatoes, tinned rice pudding, tinned custard and male deodorant, as well as crisps and sweets which help give a treat to those who may otherwise not be able to enjoy one.”
Brad, who is also a member of our Eastern Membership and Community Council (MCC) and is passionate about supporting the local community, said he and the team were proud to launch their ‘fantastic’ new store and be on hand to support the community during these uncertain times.
He said: “It is great to finally open our doors to the local community as the team have been desperate to support our neighbours and ensure they can access food and essentials during the pandemic.
“All of us here at the new store are proud to be part of such a great community in Sprowston so we are delighted to be able to support Norwich Foodbank which is offering a lifeline to vulnerable residents and people struggling in these testing times.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank local residents for their patience. It has been long-awaited, but hopefully everyone will enjoy the store as much as we do.”
In line with the latest Government guidance, the store has a range of social distancing measures in place which customers will be asked to adhere to, as well as other measures designed to keep everyone safe such as checkout screens and a hand sanitiser station at the entrance to the store.
The Chartwell Road Co-operative food store is open from 7am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday.
The store offers a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special.
This includes fresh fruit and vegetables, an in-store bakery offering breads and pastries, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen product, Irresistible product ranges, as well as a great selection of food to go.
It will also offer Lottery, Paypoint, Collect Plus and foreign currency, a Costa Coffee machine, customer seating inside and out, a free cash machine and a lifesaving defibrillator has also been installed.