The Co-operative invests £140,000 in Friockheim

The Co-operative is investing £140,000 in its food store on Gardyne Street, Friockheim, as part of its ongoing commitment to serving local communities.

The retailer, which now has a food store in every postal area of the UK, has undergone transformation in recent years to become a leading light in food retailing.

The investment in the Friockheim store will see a new kiosk introduced, additional chillers for beers and wines, and new internal signage, ensuring a more pleasant shopping experience for people picking up their groceries locally.

The store’s extensive ranges of fresh fruit and vegetables and higher welfare meat and fish will remain, and, as the leading supermarket supporter of Fairtrade foods, The Co-operative’s popular Fairtrade products will continue to be offered in store.

Popular services such as National Lottery and Paypoint will also still be offered.

Jackie Millar, manager of The Co-operative Food store in Friockheim, said: “We operate in the heart of the community and by doing so provide an ideal location for people to shop locally.

“It is important that we continue to meet people’s needs and provide a welcoming environment in which to shop.

“Upgrading the store will freshen up the shopping experience and improve the vitality of Gardyne Street, so I look forward to welcoming customers into the new-look store.”

The Co-operative is different because it gives profits back to members through the Membership scheme.

Members can choose to keep the cash or donate all or part of their share to local good causes.

Membership of The Co-operative Group, which costs just £1, offers a range of benefits including a say in how stores are run and the opportunity to support The Co-operative’s campaigns on issues such as climate change and social inclusion.

The store will remain open throughout the refurbishment, and work will be complete on Thursday, April 21.

Opening hours will remain 7 am to 10 pm Monday to Saturday and 8 am to 10 pm on Sunday.