A NEW CO-OP in the grounds of the Goodrest Tavern in Barker Street has opened its doors following a £500,000 investment which has created 11 jobs.
Children from St Barnabas Primary School were among the guests of honour on Thursday, helping to cut the ribbon on the new store for the community.
The Co-op donated £500 to the school as part of the celebrations to support the school’s bid to raise funds for an outdoor stage and there were offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch.
Store manager Dan Brewer, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to carry out such a significant investment in Worcester – and, we are really looking forward to welcoming members and customers into their new Co-op.
“As a community retailer, our ambition is to ensure that the store is a local hub, and a real asset for the community.”
The store’s membership scheme sees the Co-Op donate one per cent from purchases of the store’s own brand products to good causes which currently includeWest Mercia Search and Rescue, Spectrum Days – which supports people with profound disabilities and the Worcester Deaf Childrens Society.
Jon Bottomley, area manager, said: “We want customers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op.
“Our members make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”
Local good causes, charities and community groups can apply to benefit from the Co-op’s Community Fund until April 8.
Visit www.coop.co.uk/membership for more information.