The Southern Co-operative’s new neighbourhood food store at Cheswick Village in Stoke Gifford near Bristol, was officially opened by children from Wallscourt Farm Academy, Noodle the school dog and their Principal, Susie Weaver (22 July).
16 jobs have been created for local people at the new store in Longdown Avenue, Cheswick Village, which is open seven days a week from 7am – 11pm. In addition to a bespoke range of produce, ready meals and an instore bakery, the store includes a Paypoint, Lottery and free to use ATM plus a Post Office counter service which will be open throughout the store’s opening hours. This will offer general postage and parcel services, mail re-direction and bank services. The store opening is the latest for the independent regional retailer, The Southern Co-operative, whose nearest stores to Cheswick Village include North Road in Stoke Gifford, plus Two Mile Hill Road and Church Road in Bristol.
Children, Noodle the school dog and Principal Susie Weaver from Wallscourt Farm Academy joined Store Manager Simon Daly to cut the ribbon and officially open the store.
Village resident and Occupational Therapist Lucy Kibria, who visited the store on opening day with her 14 year old son, Darin, commented how pleased she was to see that i-viewer magnifiers have been installed on the shelves to help visually impaired shoppers read product labels.
The Southern Co-operative has donated £500 towards the Academy’s Community Cultivation Alliance to celebrate the store’s opening. This will be used, as Susie explained: “to be able to continue to support further community events at the school. We are growing and developing our allotments and raised beds as part of our Project Grow – so some proceeds will go towards this too.” Find out more at www.wallscourtfarmacademy.org.uk (opens in a new window)