Tuesday 7th September

The Heart of England Co-operative Society is welcoming customers into its new-look Harbury store, following a refit costing in excess of £445,000.

This is the first major refurbishment in more than a decade at the store, which has served the Harbury community since 1863.

As part of the project the Society has extended its offering to include Lavazza coffee and Tango Ice Blast.

Customers also have the chance to support independent producers, including south Warwickshire-based brewery Purity, through the Society’s Local @ Heart scheme.

Ideas for new additions to the store follow a survey among local residents ahead of the project.

With sustainability and the environment top of mind among shoppers and in line with other developments, the Society has implemented energy-efficient fixtures and fittings.

Where possible it has supported local businesses, to help reduce its carbon footprint.

The refurbishment also includes improvements to the back-of-house as well as on the retail space.

Steve Browne, General Manager of the Heart of England Co-operative Society’s Food Division, said: “In line with all our refurbishments we design our stores with the theme of Your Community Store in mind – liaising with the local community to find out what’s important to them and offering as much as possible to accommodate their wide-ranging needs under one roof.

“While we were liaising with customers it became apparent the sustainability and the environment is very much top of mind and people are keen to play their part in any way they can to help make a difference.

“We are delighted with the result of our refurbishment, in which we have incorporated as many ideas as possible, and look forward to welcoming customers to see the facility for themselves.”