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A NEW Co-op store opened its doors on Wednesday 5th December at the site of the former Fromefield doctor’s surgery at the junction of Bath Road and Rodden Road.
There was a VIP launch on the evening of 1st December which was attended by local dignitaries, including the Mayor of Frome, strategic business partners, supporters of the Radstock Co-op Society who own the store, other local traders and representatives from the local community including Frome College and the nearby doctors’ practice.
“The store’s architecture has some contemporary design features and has a prominence that no one could fail to miss from directional approach roads,” said Vicki Przytocki from the Radstock Co-operative Society.
“The store’s construction is of the highest energy efficient and environmentally friendly standards, with an air management system which redistributes and circulates hot and cold air where needed to maintain a thermostatically controlled temperature.
“The store was officially declared ready for business by Robert Slade, Practice manager of the Medical Centre, due to his strong links with the Society, having served for a number of years as chief executive and until recently, worked from the building which was demolished to allow for the development of the Fromefield Co-op, and who subsequently re-located to the new medical centre across the road.
“The cutting of the ribbon ceremony was observed by invited guests, directors and colleagues of the Society. Chief executive Don Morris and Tim Schuster, store manager, presented a cheque for £250 to Robert Slade payable to the Patient Participation Group of Beckington Practice which will go towards equipment not funded by the NHS as determined by the Group.
“Once the formalities were completed, guests were invited to look around the store to see the impressive offering.
“The store’s interior is very bright and spacious with wide aisles providing a clear vision to ease navigation. There is an impressive chilled and frozen section providing a good selection of fresh produce, chilled and frozen meal options, ready meals including pizzas, fresh and frozen meat and poultry as well as the usual grocery selection. This is complemented by a bakery providing all your breakfast products, freshly baked breads, pastries and even a Costa Express.
“The Co-op also supports local suppliers and producers such as Lilley’s and Thatcher’s Ciders, Bath and Butcombe Ales and Lye Cross cheese etc.
“The Co-op opened for trading the following day at 9.00am and received a steady flow of customers eager to see for themselves what all the fuss was about. One lucky customer, who was the first to the check out, was presented with a food hamper.”
Don Morris said, “We are thrilled to be opening our second store in Frome. We’ve had some fantastic support from the local community and so far the feedback about the offering at the new store has been really positive. It’s great that we’ve been able to create jobs for around 15 local people as well as provide a well-equipped store with many features you wouldn’t normally expect from a traditional convenience store. We look forward to continuing to develop our links with the Frome community.”