A new Co-op store will be opening its doors in Weymouth as part of a £750,000 investment which will create 15 jobs.
The former Bath Store building on Buxton Road, is being transformed into the new store, which is due to open in 2021 and will run entirely on renewable electricity.
The Bath Store building has been closed permanently since June 2019 after the company went into administration and has been empty ever since.
Co-op said a number of measures will be in place at the new store to aid social distancing. These include contactless card payment limits of £45, and a Community Shopping Card scheme to make it easier for those self-isolating to shop and pay for their essentials by enabling friends, families or volunteers to shop on their behalf in store.
Gareth Dexter, Co-op’s acquisition manager, said:
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to make such a significant investment in the area to serve the community. We are always on the look-out for new locations where we can operate at the heart of local life and create a truly compelling offer for the community, conveniently. Co-op is committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally, that is why we also want customers to know that they can become a Member of their Co-op, and they can make a difference locally every time they swipe their Membership card when buying own branded products.”
Bosses said there would be a focus in store on fresh, healthy produce and will also sell bakery goods, award-winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, free-from and vegan and Fair-trade products, food-to-go, and everyday essentials.