Community retailer The Midcounties Co-operative has launched its new-look convenience store and petrol station in Wombourne after a £1.6 million investment.
The village post office has also moved there and an extra five jobs have been created so far, bringing the total number employed at the site in School Road to 24.
Board member Margaret Jarvis, with children from Blakeley Heath Primary School in Wombourne, cut a ribbon to declare the store open. Cooper the Co-operative Bear also joined in the celebration.
The site had been closed for 13 weeks for the improvements to be completed. The 3,000 sq ft store is bigger and brighter than before allowing it to offer an extended range of goods, including chilled and fresh food. It is open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm.
District Manager Mark Ralph of Midcounties said: “We recognised that the site needed updating and we have invested substantially in it to better serve the local community. We have safeguarded the post office by moving it to these improved premises which have dedicated car parking. The post office will also benefit from extended opening hours, as it opens at 8.30am instead of 8.45am, and until 4pm on Saturdays instead of 12.30pm.”
Mark added: “We are delighted with the response to the new store. Our opening day went well and customers were pleased with the changes. As a member-owned business we value our links with the community and we are always looking at how we can improve what we offer.”
Midcounties invited Blakeley Heath School pupils to open the store because of its links with the school. This summer it provided a team of volunteers to carry out gardening work in its conservation area. Paul Carter, Manager of Midcounties’ Pendeford store, is also one of its school governors.