New Co-op foodstore in Cromer ‘will create more than 20 jobs’

The new Co-op and Post Office will open at the former Budgens' store in Cromer later this month: Pi

The new Co-op and Post Office will open at the former Budgens' store in Cromer later this month: Picture: David Bale - Credit: Archant

More than 20 jobs will be created at a new Co-op food store in Cromer, according to store bosses.

However, it is understood an undisclosed number of those will be filled by staff from the former Budgen's outlet which closed in March.

The High Street store, which has undergone a £750,000 makeover, is due to open on June 22.

It will see the return of Post Offices services to the town centre, with customers being diverted to Suffield Park or outwith Cromer during building works.

Stuart Vail, store manager for the new Co-op, said: 'We are thrilled to have made such a significant investment in Cromer – the store will have a great new look and it is an exciting time for the whole team to be involved in the launch of the Co-op's newest store.

'The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum and the purpose-built store will look fantastic. Our ambition is to establish the store as a local hub, a real asset for the community.'

The store will also bring a funding boost to local community groups through its membership scheme. Members receive a 5pc reward on the purchase of own-branded products and services, with a further 1pc benefiting local good causes.

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In addition, Cromer Lifeboat Station will receive a £500 donation as part of the store's launch day celebrations.

Sam Winter, area manager for the Co-op, said: 'We are delighted to have the opportunity to serve the community, and we want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op.

'We are also giving back to the community. Our members can also make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they can raise much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.'

And students in Cromer holding the NUS extra card will receive a 10pc discount off their groceries.

The Post Office will be open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 10pm, which will be an extra 12 hours of service a week including later closing every day.

North Norfolk Labour candidate Stephen Burke had previously described the loss of the Post Office service to the town as 'crazy'.

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