Co-op opens new food store in Carmarthen after £550,000 investment

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The Co-op is set to serve-up its newest food store in Wales following a £550,000 investment creating 15 jobs in Carmarthen.

The 2,500sq ft new store – located on Job’s Well Road and opening on Friday, 6 December – runs on 100% renewable electricity, and provides a funding boost for local causes through Co-op’s membership scheme.

The store – which opens between 7am – 11pm daily – includes customer car parking, free ATM, a Costa coffee dispenser and bakery alongside its focus on fresh, healthy products, food-to-go, vegan and free-from foods, hot food, chilled beers, award winning wines, meal ideas and, essentials.

Co-op also offers a 10% discount off groceries to TOTUM cardholders (the new name for the NUS extra card) to support students during their studies.

Alun Roberts, Co-op store manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to carry out such significant investment in the area – It really is exciting to be opening Co-op’s newest Welsh store and we are looking forward to serving the community. Connecting communities and bringing people together is at the core of the Co-op and our aim is to operate at the heart of local life, a community hub. The investment is a great way to mark the Co-op’s 175th anniversary year!”

Chris Ellis, Co-op area manager, added: “Co-op is committed to making a difference and creating value in its communities –  our focus is all about delivering what our members and customers want, need and care about, conveniently. We also want the community to know that they can become a co-owner and Member of their Co-op, and every time a Co-op product or service is bought by our Members, local community groups receive funding.”

Co-op Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own brand products, with the retailer donating a further 1% to local causes. A theme included in the retailer’s Christmas TV ad with the South Wales-based BTM Brass Band – which received a funding boost to inspire the next generation of player – hitting the right note with a touching version of The Pogues “Fairytale of New York” as the soundtrack to the Co-op’s heart-warming new ad. The BTM brass band are one of more than 4,000 causes supported by the Co-op in communities across the UK with a £17 million hand-out this festive season.

More information about the benefits of Co-op Membership is available by visiting https://www.coop.co.uk/membership

The Co-op picked up the “Convenience Retailer of the Year” and “Food-to-go Retailer of the Year” titles at the latest Retail Industry Awards.

There are offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch.