See inside Northumberland village store after £677k makeover

The Co-op is serving up an improved food store in Belford after a £677,000 makeover.

Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 10:15 am
Store manager Tammy Robson, second from right, and staff, Joseph Threlfall, Lisa Court and Louise Melvin, with help from Ewan Middleton, one of the pupils from Belford Primary School, officially open the new-look Co-op. Picture by Chris Watt, www.chriswatt.com
Store manager Tammy Robson, second from right, and staff, Joseph Threlfall, Lisa Court and Louise Melvin, with help from Ewan Middleton, one of the pupils from Belford Primary School, officially open the new-look Co-op. Picture by Chris Watt, www.chriswatt.com

Children from Belford Primary School helped staff relaunch the store and celebrate with the community, with pupil Ewan Middleton cutting the ribbon on Thursday (June 24).

The 2,760 sq ft transformed store runs on 100% renewable energy and is open from 6am to 10pm, seven days a week. As part of the makeover, the store now has an increased range and choice of fresh, healthy produce, ready meals and pizzas, wines, free-from and vegan products, Fairtrade, food-to-go and everyday essentials.

More self-scanning tills are also available to help make shopping quicker and more convenient.

The revamped Co-op in Belford. Picture by Chris Watt, www.chriswatt.com

Terry Johnstone, Co-op area manager, said: “We are extremely proud to be relaunching our Belford store with a fresh new-look and an increased offer. We have worked hard to develop product ranges and services that will create a really compelling offer for the community and provide an even more convenient, quality way to shop than before.”

Tammy Robson, Co-op store manager, said: “Our store is committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally. Our aim is to operate at the heart of local life and we are looking forward to welcoming customers old and new into the store now that we have finished the improvements – a big thank-you to everyone for their support and patience.”

Co-op provides a funding boost locally and saves shoppers money through its membership scheme. In addition to personalised offers, members are rewarded with 2p in every pound they spend on Co-op branded products added to their own membership account balance. The Co-op donates a further 2p to local causes.

Inside the new-look Co-op in Belford. Picture by Chris Watt, www.chriswatt.com