The opening of Fradley’s first convenience store is one step closer after Midlands Co-op were handed the keys to new shop.
The Fradley Park Local Centre is nearing completion and store manager Tom Smith was on site to receive the keys from Alan Syers, Portfolio Director, from Evans Property Group, who have built the new retail development.
Midlands Co-op will now start fitting-out and stocking its new store, with the aim of opening its doors to the public in early November.
The convenience store, which has taken over seven months to build, will offer shopping facilities for local residents along with a 60-space car park.
Tom Smith, who is currently manager of Midlands Co-op’s Holbrook Road supermarket in Derby , has been appointed as manager of the new store. The opening will also result in 26 new jobs being created.
“I’m confident that our new store will provide local people with an enjoyable shopping experience. We will be offering a wide range of groceries and fresh foods at competitive prices and our customers will see at first hand how our ethical trading policy 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.
“We are also committed to supporting the communities in which we trade and operate various schemes to this end. I am really looking forward to getting to know local residents and community groups.”
Talking about the new development, Alan Syers, from Evans Property Group added:
“Fradley Park Local Centre, which will consist of nine retail units in total, will bring greatly needed amenities to the local community and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Fradley. Midlands Co-op’s convenience store will be the first business to open its doors and will be followed by a range of other retailers including hot food take-aways, hair and beauty facilities and a cafe.”
Staff at the store will be supporting Midlands Co-op’s corporate charity for 2008 and 2009, the British Heart Foundation.