Schoolchildren open new Fradley supermarket

The area’s newest supermarket has been officially opened by pupils from St Stephen’s Primary School in Fradley.

The Co-operative foodstore in Fradley is the first retailer to open for business on the new Stirling Centre development.

Tom Smith and teacher Alison Seagrove with pupils Sophia Teague, Talissa Harrison, Joshua Bramall, Ellen Louise Yeomans, Louis Towers, Sienna Teague, Georgia Morris and Oscar Hodges

Tom Smith and teacher Alison Seagrove with pupils Sophia Teague, Talissa Harrison, Joshua Bramall, Ellen Louise Yeomans, Louis Towers, Sienna Teague, Georgia Morris and Oscar Hodges

Pupils from the school were invited to perform the official opening by store manager Tom Smith after taking part in healthy eating and Fairtrade competitions organised by Midlands Co-operative Society.

Work began to fit out the new store, on Common Lane , in September and its opening has resulted in 26 new jobs being created.

To mark the opening of Fradley’s first convenience store, the retailer joined forces with Sthe schoolchildren as they used their creative skills to design healthy lunchboxes and Fairtrade Posters.

Mr Smith helped select one winning artist from each class, who were then invited to perform the official opening of the store.  Each winner was presented with a cool bag lunchbox and an art pack to help them continue their artistic endeavours.  A selection of the children’s designs will also be put on display in the store.

The store’s manager added:

“We are very proud of our ethical trading policy which has helped us to develop a really high quality offering.  We stock one of the largest ranges of Fairtrade products and our animal welfare standards are one of the highest in the retail industry, so we thought that it would be fitting to ask local school children to create some healthy eating and Fairtrade artwork to mark the store’s opening. 

“The children did a fantastic job of performing the official opening.  The store looks great and the initial reaction from local people has been really positive.”

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