Opening date for flagship Co-op store

Central England Co-op has annpunced the opening date for its new flagship store in Lichfield.

Work on the new store is nearing completion
Work on the new store is nearing completion

It will open for trading on November 19 following the £3 million redevelopment of its Boley Park Food Store.

The new store will feature a new internal design, eco-friendly fridges and lighting, a free water refill station, a phone charging area, customer seating inside and outside of the store as well as self-scan checkouts.

It will also include a range of safety features in the light of the coronavirus pandemic including plastic screens, a one-way system and social distancing measures.

Last month, as part of the major project, a brand-new petrol station was opened on the site as well as a redesigned car park including wider spaces, better traffic flow and improved lighting and walkways, new trees and planters, a new car wash, electric charging points for cars and a bike repair station.

Boley Park store manager Jamie Joyce said: “We are delighted that we will finally be opening the doors and welcoming the community into our brand-new flagship store in Boley Park.

“These are not the circumstances that we ever imagined launching this fantastic new store in, but we are looking forward to being there with the vital food and essentials locals need in these uncertain times and continuing to be a vital part of a great community in Lichfield.”

Both the inside and the outside of the store have almost been completed and are ready for thousands of products to be stacked onto the shelves ahead of the official opening.

The Boley Park store will be open from 7am to 10pm, Monday to and a free cash machine.

The new store will also continue to support the work of Lichfield Food Bank by offering an in store donation point for customers and members.

The £3 million project also includes a large unit that will house a gym and two further retail units.

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