A new £1.5 million food store will open its doors in Sturton by Stow next Thursday after major investment from Lincolnshire Co-op.
The outlet on the corner of Saxilby Road will open for the first time at 7am on Thursday, December 12. An official opening ceremony with invited guests will be held at 4pm the same day.
It will be open seven days a week from 7am until 10pm. The new store, which features a car park with 23 spaces, has also created 15 jobs for the local area.
The store will offer a range of services including groceries, baked goods from Gadsby’s Bakery, food-to-go options, chilled beers and wines, takeaway Costa Coffee and a free-to-use ATM. It will also stock products from Lincolnshire Co-op’s Love Local range, featuring goods sourced from the area such as Uncle Henry’s Farm near Gainsborough.
It is also the first Lincolnshire Co-op outlet to incorporate an environmentally-friendly sedum roof covered with vegetation, which absorbs rain.
Other eco measures have also been put in place, including a smart building management system to decrease energy use and fridge doors that reduce energy consumption by around 20%.
In addition, Lincolnshire Co-op worked closely with the county council’s historic places team to ensure historic features in the former pub building on the site had been recorded.
Beams from the building have also been up cycled into benches, which will sit outside the store along with a plaque.
Colleagues from the new food store bonded by volunteering their time to wrap presents ready for Santa’s grotto at Bransby’s Horses Rescue and Welfare, as well as supporting with maintenance tasks after the charity was recently hit by flooding.
Food Store Manager Patrick Sutton said: “Doing the volunteering means we’ve been able to make a difference to the local community even before the store has opened.
“Days like this are great because not only are you helping an important charity, but you can gel as a team and get to know one another. We’re all eager to get started welcoming people into the new outlet and begin providing our services in the area.”
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