Topsham school kids cooperate with shop opening

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:00 16 December 2014

Staff and school children open the new store on Fore Street

Staff and school children open the new store on Fore Street

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Pupils from Topsham School helped to open the new-look Co-op store in Fore Street.

The children were asked to open the store as part of the Community Pioneer programme which the store is piloting.

“The Co-operative is a community retailer, and we are committed to playing an active role in local life, embracing the area’s community spirit,” said Daniel Case, store manager.

“The store will be a hub for the local community, and customers will be able to find out what is going on locally, and learn about how the co-operative can benefit local groups.”

Jacki Chidgley has been appointed in the new role which will see the store work closely with community projects such as the school.

The children were selected to do the opening as part of being on the school council where they discuss issues within Topsham Primary School. The store has expanded into what used to be the Drakes pub next door which has tripled the size of the shop.

Daniel said: “With the combination of our redefined store, innovations in our own-brand ‘Loved by us’ range, and the Co-operative’s commitment to lowering prices on hundreds of everyday essentials under its ‘Fair and square’ prices banner, I am confident we will provide the community of Topsham with everything needed to pick-up delicious food conveniently and create inspirational and tasty meals at home.”

Co-op in Topsham will now be open from 7am to 10pm and will also feature a new in-store ATM for customers to use.

There will be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its re-launch.

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