Tuesday 27th September 2022

Shoppers at The Co-operative in the Hillmorton area of Rugby are experiencing a whole host of new and improved facilities following a £765,000refurbishment.

Indoor seating and a workstation bench with wireless charging are among the new facilities as part of the refurbishment of the store which has served the area since 1882.

A hot drinks machine from Northamptonshire-based Bewiched and the Society’s Local @ Heart range, featuring goods from local producers, including Rugby-based bakery John Dwyer, Birmingham-based A W Lashford & Son and Worcestershire-based Mudwalls, also form part of the offering.

Other tempting treats include frozen drinks machines such as Coke, Fanta, Tango Ice blast and Hershey’s alongside Reese’s hot chocolate, and a Big Night In section with warm popcorn, nachos and other goodies for your movie night in.

The Society has also extended its range of chilled and fresh foods within the store, and there is a packaging-free zone, allowing green-thinking customers to shop little and often and to fill their own containers with items such as cereals and nuts.

Other features include a larger horticulture area, a gifts section and a selection of hot and cold foods made in-store, under the Deli. Co offering

The Society has also installed self-scanning tills to meet customers’ varying service requirements.

The retailer is set to make a donation to Hillmorton Primary School to celebrate the launch of the newly-refurbished store.

Steve Browne, General Manager of the Society’s Food Division, said: “We are excited to welcome our members and customers through the doors of our new look Hillmorton store which is celebrating its 140th year.

“In that time the store has fulfilled a pivotal role in the local community, serving generations of Hillmorton families.

“The store has seen a lot of changes in shopping habits in that time, never more so than in recent years, and every one of our new facilities has been carefully planned to cater for as many needs as possible under one roof.”

He added: “The refurbishment has helped breathe new life into the store and we have had fantastic feedback from our colleagues who feel a real sense of pride in its new look. We are sure it will prove just as popular among customers old and new.”

Customers have the chance to join the Society’s 166,000-strong membership, enabling them to save on their shopping.

Benefits include two per cent member rewards on qualifying goods on the shelves, every time they shop.

Last year alone, the total member rewards earned in the Society’s network of 36 Food stores exceeded £367,000.