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New look today for old Woolies store

PUBLISHED: 09:28 19 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:12 14 July 2010

The former Woolworths store in Wymondham will have a new look today when it reopens as a Co-operative supermarket.

Local schoolchildren are set to perform the ribbon cutting duties following the £600,000 refit of the Market Place shop, which has secured 20 jobs and created a further 25.

The former Woolworths store in Wymondham will have a new look today when it reopens as a Co-operative supermarket.

Local schoolchildren are set to perform the ribbon cutting duties following the £600,000 refit of the Market Place shop, which has secured 20 jobs and created a further 25.

The opening of the supermarket at the former Woolies will result in the closure of the nearby Somerfield store, which was acquired by the Co-operative Group earlier this year.

Pupils from Browick Road Infant School, in Wymondham, were due to formally open the 5,000sqft Co-op this morning and will be presented with a donation of £200.

“As a community retailer it is appropriate that we involve the community in our special events and we are delighted our local school is playing a central role in the launch celebrations,” said store manager Mike Read.

“We are proud to serve the local community and can now provide a much enhanced service. I am sure customers will be delighted with our new showpiece store and will welcome the changes and the benefits shopping at the Co-operative brings, including our ethical trading policies which underpin our product ranges, thousands of price reductions on key lines across the store and our cash back dividend scheme.”

The opening is the latest investment by the Co-operative Group, which bought the Somerfield chain in February for £1.5bn, and has 5,300 outlets in the UK.

The food chain aims to let out the redundant Somerfield store in Market Street.

The Wymondham Co-op will be open from 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

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