Oldest Co-op Gets A Face-lift
A convenience store in Duke Street, Chelmsford, popular with commuters heading to and from the nearby train and bus stations, has been re-opened with a dramatic new look following major refit work.
The Duke Street Co-op, the oldest food store owned by independent co-operative Society Chelmsford Star, was re-launched on Thursday 4th July by their President, Pauline Dodd, with a representative from their Charity of the Year; Alzheimer’s Society. Local food suppliers, Broad Oak Farms and Essex Garden Foods were joined by Monster energy drinks in providing tastings and samples to customers throughout the day.
The new look store had been gutted during its 10 day closure in order to replace the floor, widen the aisles, add refrigeration with floor length energy saving doors, with the front of the shop transformed by moving the entrance to the centre. It was then refitted and ranged to include an improved array of snacking, in-store bakery, hot food, chilled drinks, produce, dairy and chilled wine & beer. Additional to-go options have been introduced, including Rollover Hotdogs, Lavazza Coffee and Starslush, with Otis donuts are to follow shortly.
Customers appear very happy with the new look shop, and appreciate the nod to its history demonstrated by the archived photographs on the side of the building. A customer said, “The store looks like it’s cleaner and well laid out; a vast improvement from before and there is more room in there now!”
Chief Executive Officer, Barry Wood commented;
“The store in Duke Street has been serving residents and commuters since 1945 and was starting to look tired. Following the results of an in store survey carried out recently, and in conjunction with the Society’s refit strategy, a plan was drawn up to update the store incorporating, where possible the aspirations of the local community, including extended produce and food-to-go ranges.”