Local School Children Open New Store in West End, Southampton

Hightown Primary School received a special invitation to cut the ribbon and open The Southern Co-operative’s new food store in West End, Southampton, and received a £500 donation.

Hightown Primary School cut the ribbon at the new West End store

Sian Cook, Deputy Headteacher, attended the store opening with the pupils said: “It is vital that schools such as Hightown are able to benefit from such donations. This will be spent on some much-needed exciting new books for our youngest pupils, as we are keen to develop a love of books and reading at an early stage. Providing more play opportunities at lunchtimes also means that we can maximise learning both within and outside the classroom. Thank you!”

Bonnie Traves, the Year 6 School Councillor, said: “Thank you so much for deciding to support our school. We are really excited and look forward to spending the money wisely!”

The Southern Co-operative’s new store is home to a large range of fresh produce and chilled food options and a Local Flavours range with food and drink sourced locally.  The community food store will be open from 7am until 11pm, seven days a week with allocated customer parking and a Paypoint facility.

Chris Gawn, manager of the new store, said: “We are very excited to be opening this new store on West End High Street and we are supporting High Town Primary School because we want to engage with the next generation about ‘Greener, Safer, Healthier and More Inclusive Neighbourhoods’, which are The Southern Co-operative’s four key themes. It’s been great fun to see the kids in the store today.”

18 new Southern Co-operative colleagues will work at the store which includes an array of pastries freshly baked and available in-store every day, a coffee machine and a cash point as well as lottery ticket facilities.

The fundraising partnership forms part of The Southern Co-operative’s community engagement programme, ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’. This initiative addresses four key social themes, as identified by a survey of over 4,000 members and colleagues, for promoting: ‘Greener Neighbourhoods’, ‘Healthier Neighbourhoods’, ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’, and ‘More Inclusive Neighbourhoods’.

Charities and community groups can also apply for cash donations or goods in kind through the ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ scheme which is funded by the 5p single-use carrier bag levy. For more information on how to apply, please speak to your local store’s manager, or visit: http://www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/love-your-neighbourhood/.