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Official opening for new Barton-under-Needwood foodstore

Martyn Cheatle, Cllr Ed Sharkey and store manager Tony Wills cutting the ribbon

Martyn Cheatle, Cllr Ed Sharkey and store manager Tony Wills cutting the ribbon

The ribbon has been cut on a new supermarket in Barton-under-Needwood.

The Midlands Co-operative Society foodstore replaced a derelict filling station in the village.

The official opening was carried out by the company’s chief executive Martyn Cheatle and Barton-under-Needwood Parish Council’s vice chairman Cllr Ed Sharkey.

“We are delighted to announce the completion of our new Barton store,” Mr Cheatle said. “The Society is just as excited as local residents who have been looking forward to the removal of the derelict petrol station which has been a blot on the landscape for the last 15 years.”

To celebrate the launch of new store, the Society is supporting Barton’s Big Jubilee Lunch on June 3 by sponsoring the refreshments.

The derelict filling station site in Barton-under-Needwood

The derelict filling station site in Barton-under-Needwood

Cllr Sharkey added: “The Parish Council would like to commend Midlands Co-operative on a fantastic achievement in transforming – in only 12 months – a scene of dereliction into the superb new facility we see now.

“The store was very busy on launch day and it was great to meet the team who are providing excellent customer service with a personal touch.

“We wish the Society and the store team the very best of luck with this new enterprise at the heart of our community.”

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