Radstock Co-operative has submitted a planning application to build a new convenience supermarket in Frome. With the new building, the society aims to show its commitment to the local community, building on the great success of its first store based in the Westway Centre.
Chief Executive Don Morris said the Fromefield area is currently under-provided for in terms of its retail provision and could benefit from another co-op supermarket. People in Fromefirld area have no supermarket nearby, apart from a couple of small convenience stores. To get to a supermarket they need to travel to Fromfield town centre or the outskirts of Frome.
“We feel that the development of the site to provide a community store will reduce car journeys to further afield retail outlets thus reducing carbon emissions and traffic congestion. Our local knowledge and experience within the area coupled with the fact that we are an independent co-operative society, owned by our members, means that we can give the local community a store which has the ability to respond to local preferences,” he said.
According to Mr Morris, Radstock Co-operative is also keen on supporting local suppliers, offering a wide product range within their retail estate. The co-op has a strong connection with the local community, with many employees, members and business partners coming from the Frome area.
Locally owned and managed, the new two-storey building is intended to contrast and complement the surrounding residential and commercial buildings and will have the latest and most energy efficient freezers and chiller units. Radstock Co-operative also hopes to reduce car journeys to further afield retail outlets, diminishing carbon emissions and traffic congestion.
The new supermarket would be based on the site of the former Fromefield doctors’ surgery, at the junction of Bath road and Rodden Road.