A central England co-op in South Yorkshire has been totally transformed with new features including an innovative sustainable space designed to provide lasting benefits to the local community.
The food store in High Street, Dodworth has been completely refreshed with a new look and customer offering to create a contemporary store to meet the shopping needs of its customers and members.
Schoolchildren from Keresforth Primary School in the village helped cut the ribbon for the new look store, which also saw the launch of the first part of Central England Co-op’s ambitious sustainable spaces project.
The organization has partnered with charity Groundwork to create a range of different spaces on earth around its own retail stores and funeral homes and Dodworth saw the first of these projects open with children enjoying visiting the project and participating in certain activities during their visit.
Dodworth Store Manager Liam Turner said: “It has been such an exciting day to finally unveil our brand new look and we are all delighted that this store has been chosen for such a significant makeover which offers our customers and members a much improved shopping. experience and exciting new ranges and features.
“It was fantastic to have the children from Keresforth Primary School to help cut the ribbon, show them around the new look store and allow them to enjoy the wonderful new sustainable space and see what it will offer young and old in the village. for the coming years.
“I would like to thank our fantastic community of Dodworth for their patience while the work took place to bring this transformation to life. I hope now that they have seen the final result, they will agree with us, it was worth it.
The sustainable space features a community garden with seating, fruit trees and an accessible slope, community artwork by artist Adrian Moakes and a ‘happy to chat’ bench has been installed on the High Street side to help to combat social isolation.
Other features installed include a free bicycle repair station and a small wooden community library where locals can hang out and pick up books to share the pleasure of reading.
Work on the sustainable space was carried out by contractors Trios Group, while Groundwork Yorkshire was on hand at the launch to talk to children from Keresforth Primary School and involve them in some green-fingered activities.
Graham Duxbury, Managing Director of Groundwork UK, said: “It’s great to see the positive impact our partnership with Central England Co-op is having on local communities. This is an exciting project to create a space that will help people connect with nature and improve their well-being. »
There was also entertainment for shoppers at the relaunch with popular drumming group Valley Beats, which have bands in Holmfirth and Denby Dale and received funding and support from the Northern Membership and Community Council (MCC) of the Central England Co-op, putting on some of the special shows the children were able to take part in.
The High Street Food Store in Dodworth is open 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
The store offers a wide range of products ranging from daily necessities to something a little more special. This includes fresh fruits and vegetables, an in-store bakery offering breads and pastries, fresh beers and wines, and Irresistible and Fairtrade product lines.
There is also the lottery, Paypoint, Collect Plus and foreign currency, as well as a vital defibrillator for the local community and a free ATM.