Local charity to open Yeovil’s new neighbourhood food store

The Southern Co-operative’s new neighbourhood food store in Mudford Road, Yeovil, will be officially opened by local charity The Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE) on Monday 8 June.

The new store, which has created 18 jobs for local people, will be open from Monday, seven days a week from 6am-11pm. This is the latest store for the independent regional retailer, The Southern Co-operative, whose nearest stores to Yeovil include Sturminster Newton, Mere and Bridgwater.

Peter Littlewood, YPTE’s Director will cut the ribbon to officially open the new store together with Store Manager Peter Burraston. The Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE) is a charity that aims to encourage young people’s understanding of the environment and of the need for sustainability. Peter Littlewood, YPTE’s Director, explained: “We do this by providing a huge range of environmental information and resources for young people and teachers on our website ypte.org.uk, through delivering free talks and presentations on environmental issues in schools and through environmental awards and competitions for schools and young people. YPTE is based in Yeovil but our online outreach is becoming increasingly global. Well over 200,000 pages are downloaded from our website each month, including our latest range of resources for teachers; downloadable lesson plans, presentations and videos for use in the classroom.

Peter added: “We are really grateful to The Southern Co-operative for their fantastic support. Their donation will be used to help us fund another educational film for our growing range of online video resources. The videos help young people to learn about the environmental issues that will affect them, both now and in the future and how they can help to make a difference.”

The Southern Co-operative is donating £500 to YPTE to celebrate the opening of the new store. Store Manager Peter Burraston said: “We look forward to being part of the local community and welcoming customers to our new store and I’d like to thank our neighbours near the store for their goodwill and support during the conversion period. He added: “I am really pleased we’re helping local charity YPTE as it is vitally important that the next generation are aware of the world around them and the impact that they have on it. It is fantastic that young people can see and learn what they can do to help care for the world in which they live. I believe we should all try to do our best to ensure that the future generation has a sustainable world to live in.”

In addition to a bespoke range of produce, ready meals and an instore bakery, The Southern Co-operative’s new Yeovil store includes a free to use ATM plus Paypoint, Lottery and on site parking.