Radstock Co-operative Opens new Bridgwater store
Only weeks after opening a store in Milton Road, Weston-super-Mare, the Radstock Co-operative, an independent, co-operative retailer, was opening yet another located on the Taunton Road, Bridgwater. This brings the total number of stores in the retail estate to nineteen.
The store is ideally situated on a busy road and occupies the site with Papa Johns, the well-known pizza chain, and has ample car parking including disabled spaces.
Radstock Co-operative Society has been in business for 150 years and has been supporting local communities with their local shopping needs. They have been steadily expanding the retail estate and have been developing its convenience store format to provide a fairly extensive offering. Paragon Place, Bridgwater is the second store on the Somerset coast and has been purpose-built to a high specification incorporating many environmentally, energy-efficient features, generous aisle widths to aid navigation and a light and airy environment to add to the customer experience.
The normal grocery, chilled and frozen ranges are complemented with an extensive hot and cold food-to-go offering including burgers, hotdogs, pasties, breakfast products and freshly baked bread and pastries from the instore bakery. There is also a Costa Coffee Express and a Slush Puppy machine. In support of local suppliers, Radstock Co-op stocks a good range of local ciders, ales, wines and chilled dairy and meat products and caters for those seeking ‘gluten free’ and ‘free from’ products.
Pupils from the nearby Elmwood School came along to carry out the official ‘cutting-of the-ribbon’ duty to officially declare the store open for business. The Radstock Co-op made a cheque presentation of £250 to the School to mark the start of its relationship with the local community.
Don Morris, chief executive said, “We have certainly got the year off to a great start with two new store openings within a few weeks of each other. We are committed to growing our retail estate in order that we can ensure the business’s sustainability for future generations. We hope to become an intrinsic part of community life and we look forward to forging links with local groups and businesses for the benefit of our neighbours. It’s also good that we can provide job opportunities to the area.
Photo – Store Manager designate, Mick Fogarty and the Paragan Place, Bridgwater team with pupils from Elmwood School.