Wokingham Salvation Army Opens New Southern Co-op Store in Wokingham and Receives £500 Donation

Wokingham Salvation Army helped cut the ribbon to open The Southern Co-operative’s new food store at Market Place, Wokingham, 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, a locally sourced, Local Flavours product range and hot food and coffee to go deal for £2.00.

The Southern Co-operative Food Store in Wokingham is officially opened by Jan Howlin from the Wokingham Salvation Army (centre left), Store Manager James Fellows (centre right), The Southern Co-operative store colleagues and celebrated by the Wokingham Sing Healthy Choir.

The Southern Co-operative Food Store in Wokingham is officially opened by Jan Howlin from the Wokingham Salvation Army (centre left), Store Manager James Fellows (centre right), The Southern Co-operative store colleagues and celebrated by the Wokingham Sing Healthy Choir.

Jan Howlin, Lieutenant for the Wokingham Salvation Army, said: “On behalf of The Salvation Army in Wokingham I look forward to The Southern Co-operative opening in our town centre. We run a drop in service at our Church for the homeless and those in need, the £500 that has been kindly donated to us will go towards the meals and support we provide. Thank you for the wonderful donation and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the staff at The Southern Co-operative.”

The Wokingham Sing Healthy Choir also joined in with the excitement of the new store opening. Choir members – and some colleagues! – sang a variety of upbeat tunes as people walked past and visited the new store.

James Fellows, Store Manager for The Southern Co-operative store in Wokingham said: “My colleagues and I are really thrilled to be part of The Southern Co-operative food store in the heart of Wokingham. All of the customers we have met in our store so far have been really positive about their experience and we hope to continue to exceed their expectations! It has been wonderful to work with the Wokingham Salvation Army as part of our opening, the work they do is really important within our local community and we hope to continue to work closely and support them in the near future.”

The community food store will be open from 7am until 11pm, seven days a week in the heart of Wokingham town centre.