Central England Co-op (CEC) can today give a first look at the progress of its brand new community store opening in a Lincolnshire village next week.
The Society will officially open its new store in Church Street, Donington on Friday, 8 July, with confirmed features including self-checkouts, a customer car park, free water refills, hot food to go, a customer toilet and a free bicycle repair station.
The site is well-known in the village and its history has included being run as a family agricultural engineering business and latterly a tractor dealership. It’s now being transformed into a modern and sustainable food store for the local community.
Local schoolchildren have been invited to cut the ribbon on the new store, while there will also be a range of opening offers including the opportunity to pick up a free hot drink from the store’s Insomnia Fairtrade Coffee Machine on launch day.
These images (below) showcase how both the outside and inside of the store have almost been completed and almost ready for thousands of products to be stacked onto the shelves ahead of the official opening.
The store’s frontage is almost complete and special eco-friendly fridges and lighting have started to be installed to back up the retailer’s eco-friendly ethos, while the kiosk area is in place ready to welcome locals and a feature map of Donington has been incorporated in the design.
Donington Central England Co-op Store Manager Paul Brown said: “The images show that our brand new store in Donington is almost ready to launch and we can’t wait to open the doors to the local community.
“Our new store team are ready and raring to go for launch day and are looking forward to building relationships with our new customers and members and being there for them with vital food and essentials on their doorstep.”
The Donington Co-operative food store will be open from 7am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday.
The store will offer 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 and Fairtrade product ranges, as well as a great selection of food to go, including hot food.
It will also offer Lottery, Paypoint and a free cash machine.