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Central England Co-op opens new store to support the community in Norfolk town

Central England Co-op has officially opened its new store in Reepham creating 19 new jobs and investing over half a million pounds in the local community.

The Society today cut the ribbon at its new store in Station Road powered by 100% renewable energy, offering the local community food and essentials right on their doorstep.

The store offers exciting features such as self-scan till points, a bicycle repair station, a customer car park, a wide selection of products including the Irresistible range, a free hot and cold water refill station, phone charging area and a customer toilet.

A food bank collection point has been installed to support the great work of Cromer Food Bank as it continues to manage the increased demand caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.

It will also take donations from the Christmas Toybox Appeal which continues in store until December 9 which is urging customers and members to donate new, unwrapped toys and games which will be distributed to families in need this Christmas.

Store Manager Brad Tuckfield marked the launch of the store by making a special donation of Christmas treats and essentials to the food bank.

Brad has recently become director on Central England Co-op’s Board and is also a member of the retailer’s Eastern Membership and Community Council (MCC).

The MCC recently awarded a grant of £1,000 to Shop Reepham to help them produce 500 special canvas bags with a map and list of independent stores in the town to show its support for the retail community.

We were particularly happy to back the project as £1 from each bag bought will go towards the replanting of trees in the village, very much in line with Central England Co-op’s own environmental ethos.

The Norfolk branch of baby loss charity Cradle has also been supported with a donation of vital sanitary products for the comfort bags they produce to help women admitted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) unexpectedly.

Brad 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 Reepham so we are delighted to be able to be supporting organisations like Cromer Food Bank, Shop Reepham and Norfolk Cradle.

“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 Reepham 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 and foreign currency, a Costa Coffee machine, customer seating inside and out, a free cash machine and a lifesaving defibrillator has also been installed.

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