Norfolk food store gets fresh new look with £147k makeover after providing a lifeline to community during pandemic

A community food store in Norfolk where colleagues have been going above and beyond to support locals during these uncertain times has been given a fresh new look following an investment of £147,000.

The Central England Co-op in Holt Road, Cromer, has received a raft of updates to give it a fresher, lighter feel and to include a number of new ranges and features to boost its offering to the local community.

This follows the store’s colleagues working around the clock to ensure vulnerable people across the community have continued to have access to vital food and essentials through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Store Manager Brad Tuckfield and his colleagues have been doing everything from increasing donations to the local food bank to packing and delivering emergency food parcels to those who were self-isolating during lockdown.

The community food store has been undergoing a makeover in recent weeks with changes including:

  • A new Costa Coffee machine
  • New energy efficient refrigeration technologies and LED lighting to minimise environmental impact
  • An updated product range to better reflect customers’ requirements, including a new chilled wine and beer section
  • New internal signage and decoration

Brad said: “We are delighted with the changes to the store which have provided a fresher and brighter feel. I would like to thank our customers and Members for their patience while the work has been taking place and we have already received some great feedback about the changes.

“It has also really given the team a well-deserved boost after they have worked tirelessly over the last few months to support the Cromer community.”

The Holt Road Food Store is open every day Monday to Friday 8am-9pm, Saturday 8am to 8pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

The store has a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special and also offers a defibrillator, cash machine, Collect Plus/Paypoint, car park, Lottery and an instore bakery.

People can keep up to date with what is happening in their local community in response to Coronavirus by visiting a dedicated online hub at


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About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral, travel and property investment.

Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish. 

Our 7,900 colleagues serving our Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 

We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.

We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.3 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.

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