Oakham food store gets fresh new look with £123k makeover after proving a lifeline to community during pandemic
A community food store in Oakham 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 almost £123,000.
The Central England Co-op in Braunston Road, has received a raft of updates to give it a fresher, lighter feel and to include several 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.
The community food store has been undergoing a makeover in recent weeks with changes including:
- An updated product range to better reflect customers’ requirements including an improved food to go section
- New internal signage and decoration including a refreshed kiosk area
- External work to extend and improve pathway to side of store following feedback from customers
Store Manager Chris Barker said: “We are delighted about having this investment in the store and it has been a real morale boost for everyone. The team have been really positive through everything during the pandemic, so this is a great reward for them.
“We have had some great feedback already from our customers who are saying the store looks bigger and fresher and a bit more upmarket.
“I’m also really happy that we’ve been able to include the improvements to the footpath at the side of the store as part of the works which I know our regular customers have been really keen to see done.
“I would like to thank the community for their patience while the work has been completed but I hope they agree with us that it has been worth it.”
The Braunston Road Food Store is open every day 7am-10pm. The store has a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special and also offers a lifesaving defibrillator, cash machine, Collect Plus/Paypoint, Lottery, instore bakery and a customer car park.
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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 and property investment.
Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 7,800 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 16 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.
It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.
The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030.
It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.
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