After taking back control of Hill Court Shopping Centre in January this year, Radstock Co-operative Society, were proud to open the doors to their Paulton Co-op on 6th November revealing a lighter, brighter, much improved community store.
Owen Holland, manager and his team, were delighted with the overall result having waited several years for this day to arrive. With some of the staff clocking up over 30 years of service and being employed under the previous ownership or Somerfield which was subsequently acquired by The Cooperative Group, they felt that the day was long overdue.
Don Morris, chief executive said, “We had planned to give the store a refit following the expiry of the lease as we knew the store had lacked investment for some time and was looking somewhat tired. And although it was a few months coming, we wanted to ensure that the store continued to trade throughout the refit thus minimising the disruption to our loyal customers. Now that the refurbishment is complete, we are pleased with the overall effect which boosts new energy efficient chillers and freezers, new till points, flooring, lighting and signage. We have also extended the offering by introducing over 600 new lines which includes a new ‘free from’ range, extensive fresh and produce sections and excellent ready meal and food to go options.
The selection of products on offer is on par with a mini supermarket rather than your typical convenience store which caters for ‘top-up’ shopping needs and distress purchases.”
Don continued by stating that “We have also made improvements to the external of the shopping centre and undertaken extensive work to the residential properties and other commercial units which has positively impacted on the visual appearance of the centre as a whole.
Pupils from Paulton Infants School were invited to participate in the official re-launch of the Paulton Co-op accompanied by Amanda Woodland, Teaching Assistant. To cement the relationship with the school and the community, Owen Holland, manager of the Paulton Co-op presented the children with a £200 cheque. The School Councillors (aged 6-7) each received a goodie bag!