Young children from Brixington Pre-school cut the ribbon for the new opening of The Southern Co-operative store on Brixington Parade, Exmouth on Monday (25 January).
The Southern Co-operative store, home to a Post Office, an increased range of fresh produce and chilled foods and an in-store bakery, also donated £500 to the pre-school to help fund new furniture needed for the school’s garden.
Jacky Baker, Deputy Manager of Brixington Pre-school, on Brixington Lane, said: ‘Thank you to The Southern Co-operative for inviting us here today to open The Southern Co-operative’s new store and thank you for the donation. We rely on donations and this is really brilliant for us. The £500 will be spent on new garden furniture for the pre-school this summer”.
The Southern Co-operative store will be open from 7am until 10pm seven days a week and has retained all 12 former members of staff from the store’s previous business, including the store manager. The new store also offers customers a free-to-use ATM, PayPoint services and car parking facilities.
Dan Calland, The Southern Co-operative Store Manager, said: “’The Southern Co-operative has been so welcoming to me, my colleagues and the local community. There is a real family feel to the company and I feel really welcome.”