Wickham Market: East of England Co-operative Society gets ready to open new �3.5m store in High Street
A NEW �3.5m supermarket is getting ready to open its doors.
The East of England Co-operative Society is putting the finishing touches to its store on Wickham Market High Street.
Construction work for the 9,000 sq ft supermarket started in August and the doors are set to open at 10am tomorrow.
The scheme has created 30 jobs in addition to the 30 staff already employed at the Society’s existing food store in the High Street, adjacent to The Hill.
Roger Grosvenor, executive officer – retail, said: “I’m delighted the time is nearly here for us to be able to welcome people through the doors of our new Wickham Market store. This new, larger, modern store will offer a bigger and better range of goods for our members and customers, as well as having provided new jobs for local people.”
Bosses say the supermarket will offer people more choice and include electrical products and a home delivery service.
It will also stock a larger range of the Society’s “Sourced Locally” products, which they say will help to support local producers from around Wickham Market and the wider Suffolk area.
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Local architects David Clarke and Associates and building contractors R G Carter Ltd have been involved in the project to create the new store, which has been designed to have a traditional appearance, in keeping with the village location, but also incorporates a number of features to help save energy.
These include photovoltaic solar panels on the roof, high levels of insulation and the use of reclaimed heat and energy from the store’s refrigeration systems.
The project has also included the creation of six two bedroom flats and six two bedroom houses that will be let through Orwell Housing to provide low cost properties to the local community.
The flats are situated above the supermarket and the houses located on a new road behind the store, which was named Neslings Close following a competition. The name reflects the history of the site, which was previously home to Nesling’s garage.
Tomorrow’s opening will also see the launch of a token scheme where for every �5 spent customers will be able to donate a token worth 5p to either the Go with the Flow Youth Bus, Wickham Market Primary School or Wickham Market and District Family Carers Group.
N The Society will be holding a free family fun day on Saturday from 10am to 4pm to celebrate the opening of the new store.