Co-op serves-up new-look Islington store at Gainsborough Studios

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Co-op set to serve-up a new-look food store this week in New North Road, Islington, following a £550,000 programme of works to enhance the store and better serve the community.

The Gainsborough Studio store supports 17 local jobs and will run on 100% renewable electricity. It is also soon set to offer the added convenience of Co-op’s own online shop ( coop.co.uk/shop ) with products picked locally at the store for same-day home delivery and click and collect services.

The new-look store will re-open on Friday, 4, September, following its six-figure, near three week, major makeover, and include: Costa coffee express, bakery and Hermes parcel services, alongside an increased focus on fresh, heathy produce, award winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, free-from and vegan products, Fairtrade, food-to-go and, everyday essentials.

Co-op also provides a funding boost locally and gives back to causes in the area through its Membership scheme, where Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own brand products, and Co-op donates a further 1% to community causes.

Students who are TOTUM cardholders – the new name for NUS extra – can pocket a 10% discount off groceries at the Co-op.

Contactless card payment limits are increased to £45, making it easier, quicker and safer to shop.

The retailer’s Food Share scheme works to minimise food waste and make a difference locally, supporting local not-for-profit organisations who work to tackle food insecurity and share food with those in need in the community.

The Co-op’s Community Shopping Card makes it easier for those self-isolating or who have been instructed to stay at home to shop and pay for their essentials – cards can be purchased or topped-up by calling 0800 029 4592, enabling friends, families, neighbours or volunteers to shop on their behalf in store.

Kristian Blount, Co-op area manager, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to make such a significant investment, the store now has a great new look and feel, and we are confident it will enable us to better serve our community with the inclusion of new services such as the launch of Co-op’s own online shop.

“Co-op is committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally, and our aim is to operate at the heart of local life. That is why we also want customers to know that they can become a Member of their Co-op, and that they can make a difference to local causes when they swipe their Membership card when buying own branded products.”