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Co-op to revamp Olney food store in Buckinghamshire, UK

Published 13 February 2018

The Co-op is investing £1m to revamp its food store in Olney, Buckinghamshire, UK.

The 7,000 sq. ft. food store, located in Stanley Court, Olney, has embarked on a major makeover and will bring a funding boost locally through its Membership scheme – Members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-brand products and services, with the Co-op donating a further 1% to local good causes.

The community retailer – which has returned to its clover-leaf design logo first used in the 1960’s – is supporting the Olney Infant Academy; Olney Pre-School and, Friends of Olney Middle School through its Membership scheme.

During the programme of works, the Co-op has introduced free transport to its nearby store in Newport Pagnell to support members of the community without access to a vehicle – the service runs daily from the store at 11am, returning at 1pm.

The Co-op will then operate a temporary 2,500 sq. ft. convenience store from the Stanley Court site during the works. Around one third of the size of the usual store, it will open between 6am-11pm from Monday – Saturday and 8am-6pm on Sunday until 12 March and offer a full range of products in order to continue to serve the community while the improvements are carried out.

The retailer – which won the title of Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards – will have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, award winning wines and, essentials. All of its own brand fresh meat – including bacon and lamb – is British, and it only uses British meat in all of its own-label chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches.

Last month, the community retailer unveiled a £50M price investment programme to cut the cost of everyday essentials including fruit, vegetables, bread, fresh meat and ready meals, as well as household brand names.

There are to be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its re-launch on Friday, 23 March.

And, students in Olney holding a NUS extra card also receive a 10% discount off their groceries at the Co-op to support them during their studies.

Co-op Store manager Paul Bradford said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to carry out such a significant investment in Olney - we are really looking forward to welcoming members and customers back into their new-look Co-op. We are proud to be part of the community, and our ambition is to ensure the store is a local hub, a real asset for the community.”

Co-op area manager Brian Pooley said: “The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum. We are investing in our people, stores, products and prices and have the ambition for our stores to be at the heart of local life, bringing communities together and offering our great quality products when and where shoppers need them. We also want customers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op.

“And, that we are also giving back to the community. Our members make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”

Source: Company Press Release