Two Co-operative food stores in the Bedford area are being transformed with a £1 million investment that promises a new shopping experience for customers.
Shops in St John’s Street in Kempston and Station Road in Marston Moretaine are being refurbished to create a new look that aims to transform them into a hub for the local community as well as a convenience store.
Marston Moretaine store manager Mary Watson said: “The Co-operative is a community retailer, and we are committed to playing an active role in local life, embracing the area’s community spirit. The store will be a hub for the local community, and customers will be able to find out what is going on locally, and learn about how The Co-operative can benefit local groups.”
The Marston Moretaine shop has been extended by around 1,000 sq ft and will have a new in-store bakery and extra till points.
Both stores will re-open on Thursday (November 6).
There will be an emphasis on meal ideas, healthy eating, fresh foods and extended ranges of produce.
Kempston shop manager Edward Wallace said: “I’m excited about welcoming shoppers into the new store. The transformation will be amazing, and I’m sure our customers will enjoy shopping in the new environment, which will provide them with a convenient location to pick up everything they need to create inspirational and tasty meals.”
Both stores will appoint ‘community pioneers’ that will be tasked with fostering a strong involvement in community activity, from volunteering opportunities to helping to meet local needs.