This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 16/02/2018.
The Co-op is opening a new store in Croydon – and creating 20 jobs for local people in the process
The new supermarket will have an in-store bakery where tempting treats will be baked daily.
A new Co-op supermarket is set to open in South Croydon before the end of the year.
The grocery chain has applied for a licence to open a new store in South End and anticipates it will be opening in “late 2018”.
Customers will be able to buy fresh and frozen food, soft and alcoholic drinks and other “essential” items like cleaning products and snacks.
There will also be an in-store bakery where goods such a doughnuts, cookies and bread will be freshly baked each day.
The new supermarket will occupy the unit at 40-42 South End, which is currently vacant.
The 2,500 square foot space was last used by Italian restaurant Bianco43, which closed down in February 2017.
It was purchased by the supermarket chain earlier this year, with the business planning to invest £650,000 to transform the space.
There will be 20 jobs on offer at the new branch, including for cashiers, shelf-stackers, bakery staff and managers.
Craig Smith, acquisitions manager for the Co-op, said: “We’re looking forward to opening a new store in Croydon.
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to provide shoppers with our wide range of award-winning food, in a store designed to be easy to use for everyone.
“The new store will also bring a funding boost for community groups through the Co-op’s membership scheme.
“Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community.”
Students who have a valid NUS card will also be able to get a 10% discount off their groceries at the store.