Youngsters help to open new job-creating store in Ancaster
Fifteen jobs have been created at a new Co-op store that has just opened in Ancaster.
The creation of the store in Ermine Street has been made possible with a £480,000 investment by the retailer.
Part-time retail roles are still available at the store and anyone with a passion for food and serving the community should call in to the store to speak to store manager, Stuart Wallis.
The store was opened by pupils from Ancaster C of E Primary School who helped Mr Wallis to cut the ribbon and declare the new store open for the community.
The store forms part of the re-development of the former AC Williams garage site.
Mr Wallis said: “It is a great way to start the year with such a significant investment in the area, the creation of new jobs and to be launching the Co-op’s newest food store – it is an exciting time for the whole team and we are delighted to have the opportunity to serve the community.
“The Co-op is investing to transform and grow its convenience business.
“The store looks fantastic and we are confident that it will become a real asset to the community.
“As a community retailer, and a co-operative, it will play its part in local life too - we look forward to welcoming the community into their new local Co-op.”
The store will be open between 6am and 11pm and Mr Wallis said its focus would be on fresh, healthy foods, chilled beers and wines, meal ideas and essentials.
Another feature of the new store is its own bakery. There is also a, dedicated car parking and an ATM.
The store has also launched a Community Pioneer role.
This will involve a member of the food store team, Jenna Doll, working to foster involvement in community activities.
This will involve local fundraising initiatives and working with local charities, schools and voluntary organisations to make a difference in the community.
Jenna will also lead the store’s support for the British Red Cross, which is the Co-op’s new charity partnership that is seeking to help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in local communities.