It is hoped the refurbished store will benefit customers and other traders in the town
One of Yateley’s biggest supermarkets opened its doors after a £710,000 makeover.
It is hoped the refurbishment of The Co-operative food store in Plough Road will not only benefit the customer but also traders in the town.
As well as a general face-lift including new shelves and decor, additional chilled, fresh produce and wine lines have been added and ranges targeted specialist diets are hoped to draw more customers.
Mother-of-two Kay Clough from Yateley recently opened children’s clothing shop Kiddiwinkz next door to The Co-op.
She said she looked forward to the refurbishment as the supermarket attracted shoppers to Plough Road.
She said: “A lot of our customer traffic comes from The Co-op.
“It will be brilliant for us and The Little Shop of Coffee when The Co-op re-opens as the mums come to us either before or after they pop into the supermarket.
“The supermarket has got some good deals and when they re-open they are giving out £5 vouchers to customers to spend in the food store.”
The ex-Somerfield shop was acquired by The Co-operative Food in 2009.
The shop has been refitted as part of a rolling store refurbishment programme that goes on throughout the year across UK stores belonging to The Co-operative Group, and re-opened on August 29.
There will be a wider choice of ready meals and an improved “free from” range for people with gluten and dairy intolerances, plus wholefood and Fairtrade products.
Darren McNeill, store manager at The Co-op, said: “Yateley residents are passionate about their food and our new-look Co-operative Food store will certainly reflect this.
“The store will be packed with great-value quality products and modern and interesting meal ideas that, while quick and easy to put together, are sure to impress.
“Our products will reflect that The Co-operative is the leading supermarket supporter of Fairtrade and is committed to sourcing British products were possible.
“We know our shoppers lead busy personal and professional lives and my dedicated and knowledgeable store team will be on hand to help customers and make recommendations so they can get the most out of their visits to our store.”