Re-launched Exmouth shop gives money away to school

CHILDREN from Beacon Primary were handed a donation of �200 for school funds from the manager of an Exmouth shop which has re-opened after changing its brand.

Lee Cole, store manager of the Co-operative, formerly Somerfield, in The Magnolia Centre, presented the donation.

Pupils from the school visited the shop last week to take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, to launch the new Co-op branch.

The Co-operative invested �230,000 for the refit. Mr Cole said it would bring a new era in food shopping to the local community and secure the existing 62 jobs.

Mr Cole, speaking about the visit of school pupils, said: “The Co-operative is very much a community retailer it is appropriate that our local school is involved in our special event.

“We are delighted pupils are playing a central role in the relaunch of our store.”

Mr Cole added: “We are proud to serve the local community and this substantial investment in the store means we can now provide an enhanced service.

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“Customers are welcoming the changes and benefits shopping at The Co-operative brings, including our ethical trading policies which underpin our product ranges, price reductions and our cash back dividend scheme.

“At a time when consumers are looking for both value and values in business, The Co-operative has become even more relevant and distinctive.

“We will meet all the community’s daily food shopping needs and, in the best traditions of The Co-operative, make our contribution to community life.”