Co-op invests £250,000 in Stonehaven

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The Co-operative food store and petrol station on Stonehaven’s Kirkton Road will unveil a smart new look today Thursday following the completion of a £250,000 refit.

The store will feature the consumer-owned Co-operative Group’s new business identity which aims to highlight improved service standards across its 5,000 outlets in the UK, including its travel, pharmacy, funerals and bank branches, as well as its commitment to supporting local communities and ethical trading policies.

The store is being updated with contemporary décor, new shelving and eco-refrigeration. An additional till is also being installed.

The emphasis will be on chilled and fresh foods with an increase in the range. There will also be more in-store baked breads and pastries, as well as a selection of local bakery products, and a larger choice of chilled wines and beers. Popular services including the cash machine, Lottery and Paypoint will be retained.

As the leading supermarket supporter of Fairtrade foods, The Co-operative’s popular Fairtrade products will feature and the store will carry the retailer’s own health and beauty range with products that are not tested on animals.

Shoppers will also benefit from The Co-operative’s policy on honest labelling which gives the full facts about its food and drink products.

As part of The Co-operative’s policy to reduce the use of plastic bags, customers will be encouraged to use a greener alternative such as The Co-operative Fairtrade cotton Bag for Life, which costs 97p or the plastic Bag for Life, priced at 10p, which the store will replace for free and then recycle.

“We provide a much valued service for the local community and I am confident our shoppers will be delighted with our improved store and wider selection of goods which will better meet all their daily grocery needs,” said store manager Karen Milne.

The store and petrol station has continued to trade throughout the refurbishment.