Radstock Co-operative is to redevelop its town centre Radco superstore as it marks its 150th anniversary.
The site, which includes a food hall and non-food departments – electrical, clothing, shoes and homeware – has already undergone refurbishment and extension projects but the society wants a more thorough revamp.
Chief executive Don Morris said: “The site that is home to the Radco store is a prime location and a central, focal point for local residents, visitors to the town and commuters. We feel that our customers, members and staff deserve a better retail offering to that which is currently being provided.
“We have listened to much feedback from key stakeholders in the community regarding the future of the Radco site and I am delighted to be able to share some exciting news. We are in discussions with the local planning office regarding proposals for the redevelopment of the site which we feel would offer a much improved proposition for the local community providing a brand new, purpose-built shopping facility.
“This of course, will include a Radstock Co-op store incorporating core services such as the Travel shop and Post Office thus retaining vital facilities that many local residents rely upon.”
Mr Morris said the co-op had taken environmental impact into consideration and plans would be sympathetic to local ecology and wildlife, and the need to minimise the impact during redevelopment work. He also confirmed there would be no job losses from the project, adding that maximum use of the site would probably create new jobs.
Founded in 1868, the society comprises 18 convenience stores, a large supermarket with a non-food offering, food hall and travel agency and a 1,000-acre dairy farm.