Hampshire Homelessness Charity Opens New Southern Co-operative Store in Southampton

The Society of St James, a homelessness charity providing accommodation and support to over 2,500 people each year, received a special invitation to cut the ribbon to open The Southern Co-operative’s new food store at City Gateway in Southampton and received a £500 donation.

The Southern Co-operative’s new store is home to a large range of fresh produce and chilled food options, an array of pastries freshly baked and available in-store every day and a hot food and coffee takeaway deal for £2.00.

The Southern Co-operative store in Southampton City Gateway is opened by the store’s colleagues, Dean Millar – Store Manager (centre left) and Sam Bax – part of the Fundraising Team for the Society of St James (centre right).

The Southern Co-operative store in Southampton City Gateway is opened by the store’s colleagues, Dean Millar – Store Manager (centre left) and Sam Bax – part of the Fundraising Team for the Society of St James (centre right).

Sam Bax, part of the Fundraising Team for the Society of St James said: “It was fantastic to come and meet the staff and support the opening of Southampton’s newest Co-Op store today.  The Society of St James (SSJ) assists hundreds of people facing homelessness in the City and the £500 donation that we have received from The Southern Co-operative today will really make a difference.

“This donation will help us to continue to be able to provide individualised care plans that really have an impact on the lives of these vulnerable people, such as life-skills lessons in budgeting and healthy eating, to enable those we support to leave the damaging cycle of homelessness behind.  We’d like to thank The Southern Co-operative for the opportunity to attend today and for this generous donation – it will really make a difference to local, homeless, people.”

The community food store will be open from 6.30am until 11pm, seven days a week with plenty of parking nearby.

Dean Millar, Store Manager for The Southern Co-operative food store at Southampton Gateway, said: “My colleagues and I are thrilled to be part of The Southern Co-operative’s brand new store in Southampton City Gateway. The business is known for being extremely community focused and we can’t wait to start engaging with all of our customers and local charities through The Southern Co-operative’s Love Your Neighbourhood community scheme! As well as this, we also have a great range of locally sourced products in our Local Flavours range, bringing the county’s finest food to our customers in store.”