New-look Co-op store is unveiled

THE new-look East of England Co-op supermarket in Framlingham was officially unveiled yesterday following a �1.22 million refurbishment. Gillian Bober, president of the East of England Co-operative Society cut a ribbon to relaunch the store which has been completed refitted internally and offers an extended range of products, including a new delicatessen counter and an over the counter butchery service.

THE new-look East of England Co-op supermarket in Framlingham was officially unveiled yesterday following a �1.22 million refurbishment.

Gillian Bober, president of the East of England Co-operative Society cut a ribbon to relaunch the store which has been completed refitted internally and offers an extended range of products, including a new delicatessen counter and an over the counter butchery service.

Richard Samson, chief executive of the East of England Co-op, said: “Our Framlingham supermarket is very popular and I am delighted that this major investment will improve the shopping environment for our customers and also provide additional facilities.

“We have extended the range available in store of locally sourced produce from high quality suppliers in the region many of whom are located only a few miles from the store.”

Mr Samson added: “We are continuing with our multi-million pound, self-funded development programme, which will see the building of new stores and improvements to existing ones right across East Anglia.”

Yesterday's opening included an opportunity to taste a range of locally sourced foods to be stocked at the store, together with products from the Co-op Fairtrade range.

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The opening is part of a double celebration for the society in Framlingham this year, with the first Co-op store in the town having opened 75 years ago. The store in Crown & Anchor Lane operated for 60 years until the society moved to its present site on Market Hill in 1994.