More than 300 people attend new Co-op store opening in Harleston

More than 300 people awaited the opening of the new store. Picture: Rob Howarth

More than 300 people awaited the opening of the new store. Picture: Rob Howarth - Credit: Anglia Picture Agency

More than 300 residents came out to the opening of a new supermarket in South Norfolk.

Store Manager Steve Charlton, Annie Chapman BEM, Assistant Manager Ryan Pharoah, Carol Wiles MBE and

Store Manager Steve Charlton, Annie Chapman BEM, Assistant Manager Ryan Pharoah, Carol Wiles MBE and East of England Co-op Joint Chief Executive Roger Grosvenor. Picture: Rob Howarth - Credit: Anglia Picture Agency

Residents awaited the opening of the East of England Co-op Supermarket today, Thursday, 26 October, in Harleston.

The ribbon was cut by community members Annie Chapman BEM and Carol Wiles MBE.

The store replaces the former Co-op food store on London Road which was taken on by Co-op from the former Budgens on the site.

All of the Budgens colleagues were transferred to the new Co-op.


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Crowds were kept entertained with live music and the first 100 customers through the doors received a golden ticket for a raffle.

The store also welcomed the vintage tractor ridden by Annie Chapman BEM in the annual Ladies Tractor Road Run, which has raised more than £500,000 for Cancer Research UK.

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The supermarket, on Bullock Fair Close is open 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday.

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