THE Midcounties Co-operative has opened its refurbished Cowley supermarket store, in Templars Square shopping centre.
The store was opened by players from Oxford United FC. To mark the opening a £ 1,000 Co-operative Community Dividend grant was be presented to the club's Football in the Community scheme which visits local schools to teach young people about exercise, healthy eating, anti-racism in sport and the importance of community activities. The scheme also organises soccer courses for boys and girls of all ages.
The Co-op's £ 1.9m re-development has created the very latest in convenience retail, all in an attractive, easy to use, hi-tech store environment.
Green elements in the store include a heat reclamation system, which recycles the heat generated by the refrigeration units. This heat is then re-used to supply domestic hot water and heating. Energy efficient lighting has also been installed throughout. All energy used for the operation of the store is derived from renewable sources with no carbon emissions.
The retail focus is on fresh foods with a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables, ready meals, ice-creams, chilled beers, lagers and wines. Newspapers and magazines will be on sale, plus fresh each day bread, cakes and pastries.
The store also offers an ATM, lottery and, for the first time, U-Scan self-use tills, which speed up the check-out process for basket shopping.
Ben Reid, Chief Executive of the society, said: "The Cowley store was looking old and tired and we are delighted to be able to make this significant investment and re-launch a modern, yet welcoming community store."