Pupils from Crockerne Church of England Primary School officially opened The Southern Co-operative’s new community supermarket in Pill last Friday (9 November).
Pupils joined Store Manager Ed Hearn and colleagues to cut the ribbon and welcome customers to the new store, which has created 13 new jobs. Ed said: “I’m really looking forward to working closely with the Pill community now we’ve opened this new TSC store. We’ll be launching a Community Support Card scheme in the New Year too, which gives local charities the opportunity to bid for a donation of £10,000, so do look out for information about this when you visit the store”. Crockerne CofE Primary School was presented with a donation of £500 at the store opening.
The Community Support Card Scheme (CSC) is run in selected The Southern Co-operative’s stores. It enables local communities to raise funds by presenting a green CSC card, which are issued free by the participating store, every time they purchase goods in-store. Every time the green card is swiped, TSC contribute to the fund, there is no cost to the customer. The more customers use the card, the more quickly funds are raised. Each year, local good causes wanting to apply for the funding can submit a bid, and recipient causes are chosen by a panel of local members working with The Southern Co-operative store team.
Visitors to the store’s opening were invited to sample locally produced food and drink from the store’s Local Flavours range and the first 100 customers were each presented with a box of chocolates. Local residents can also take advantage of a money-saving discounts and a special offer of £5 off when spending £15 or more, valid until 7 December. Pill’s TSC is located at 1-2 Baltic Place, Pill, near Bristol.
The Southern Co-operative is an independent business with over 160 stores, owned by its members and trading only in the south of England.