The Co-op has served-up its newest food store this week (Thursday, 14 September) in Rockfield Road, Monmouth, following a £550,000 investment creating 15 jobs.
Children from Overmonnow Primary School and County Councillor Jamie Treharne were among the guests of honour, helping to launch the store for the community.
The new store – which marks a return to the community for the Co-op – brings a funding boost to local community groups through its Membership scheme – Members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% benefitting local good causes.
Good causes initially benefitting include: Monmouth Comprehensive School Boat Club – which is raising funds for a new boat for pupils to compete at the National Championships; Usk in Bloom – which is raising money to sow more wildflowers to attract pollinators and, Abbeyfield Usk – which is in need of exercise equipment and arts and crafts supplies to support residents’ health and well-being.
The Co-op has an in-store bakery alongside its focus on fresh, healthy food, meal ideas and award winning wines.
Steven Beddoes, Store Manager, said:
“We are delighted to have made such a significant investment in Monmouth, we have received great feedback about the Co-op returning to the area – it is an exciting time for the whole team to be involved in the opening of the Co-op’s newest food store. Our ambition is to establish the store as a local hub, a real asset for the community.”
Erin O’Mahony, Area Manager for the Co-op, added:
“The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum. We are also giving back to the community – our members can make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they raise much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”