Co-operative Food store opens its doors

OPEN: Store manager Stuart Petrie and the pupils of Lochpots Primary School open the store.
OPEN: Store manager Stuart Petrie and the pupils of Lochpots Primary School open the store.

As part of an ongoing commitment to serving local communities, The Co-operative is investing £220,000 to relocate its Co-operative Food store on Smiddyhill Road in Fraserburgh to more spacious premises on Buchan Road.

All 20 members of staff from the original Smiddyhill Road Co-operative food outlet will transfer to the Buchan Road store. A further five part-time positions have been created by the move.

To celebrate the investment, a pupil from each year group at Lochpots Primary School joined the store manager, Stuart Petrie, to perform a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am on the opening day (June 28).

The children received a donation of £200 towards school funds.

Mr Petrie said: “The Co-operative is a community retailer and we are committed to playing a real role in local life. It is fantastic that pupils from our local primary school can join us to share in our special day.

“We are delighted to be able to offer an improved store to the community of Fraserburgh.

“With a wider selection of products on offer and high-spec fittings throughout, we’re confident that this store will provide a better service to the local community. I’m very much looking forward to welcoming customers into the new store.”

The bright and spacious store will offer extensive ranges of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as higher welfare meat and fish.

“Seasonal products will be introduced throughout the year and The Co-operative bakery will provide a selection of breads and pastries baked fresh in store.

As the leading supermarket supporter of Fairtrade foods, The Co-operative’s extensive Fairtrade range will also be offered, encompassing everything from chocolate, fruit and nuts, to cereals, cakes and a market-leading wine range.

The Co-operative is different because it gives profits back to its members through the Membership dividend scheme. Members can choose to keep the cash from their dividend payment or donate all or part of their share to local good causes.

Membership of The Co-operative, 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.