Co-op reopens after £770,000 makeover

Children from Amble Links First School cut the ribbon at the new-look Amble Co-op. They are joined by Co-op colleagues Rebecca Robinson (far left), store manager Deborah Lee (with scissors), Devon Leigh Wilce, Michelle Nolan, Dan Kirby and Fiona Atkinson (far right).
Children from Amble Links First School cut the ribbon at the new-look Amble Co-op. They are joined by Co-op colleagues Rebecca Robinson (far left), store manager Deborah Lee (with scissors), Devon Leigh Wilce, Michelle Nolan, Dan Kirby and Fiona Atkinson (far right).

A Co-op store in Amble has reopened following a major £770,000 makeover.

The revamped shop on Queen Street boasts new self-service check-outs to improve queuing times.

The new-look branch was unveiled on Friday, with a little help from pupils of Amble Links First School.

There will also be a funding boost for local community groups, which are set to benefit through the Co-op’s new membership scheme.

As part of the initiative, members receive a five per cent reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further one per cent going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community.

Groups and charities set to benefit include Amble Development Trust, Amble Youth Project and Amble Boys’ Club.

Deborah Lee, store manager, said: “We are delighted to have made such a significant investment in our Amble store.

“The shop has a great new look and we are looking forward to re-launching and serving the community.

“The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum and our ambition is to establish the store as a local hub, a real asset for the community. It is an exciting time for the whole team.”

Philip Armstrong, area manager for the Co-op, added: “The return to our clover leaf design logo – first used in the 1960s – aims to re-establish the Co-op as a centre for the community and we want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op.

“We are also giving back to the community. Our members have an opportunity to make a difference, by using their membership card and raising money for local groups.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the new-look store to mark its re-launch. Students in the area who hold an NUS card will receive a 10 per cent discount off their groceries.

For details, visit www.coop.co.uk/membership