Continuing with Radstock Co-op’s growth strategy, last Thursday (7th February) saw the opening of their twentieth community store on Morland Road, Highbridge signifying their expansion further into Somerset.
The store is ideally situated on a busy road at the edge of a large housing estate and next to the local school.
Morland Road, Highbridge is the fourth store on the Somerset coast and has been purpose-built to a high specification incorporating many environmentally, energy-efficient features, generous aisle widths to aid navigation providing for a bright and spacious environment to add to the customer experience.
The normal grocery, chilled and frozen ranges are complemented with an extensive hot and cold food-to-go offering including burgers, hotdogs, pasties, breakfast products and freshly baked bread and pastries from the instore bakery. There is also a Costa Coffee Express, F’real fresh orange juice, milk shake and Slush Puppy machines. In support of local suppliers, Radstock Co-op stocks a good range of local ciders, ales, wines and chilled dairy and meat products and caters for those seeking ‘gluten free’, vegan and ‘free from’ products.
Pupils from the nearby Churchfield School came along to carry out the official ‘cutting-of the-ribbon’ duty to officially declare the store open for business. The Radstock Co-op made a cheque presentation of £250 to the School to mark the start of its relationship with the local community.
Don Morris, chief executive said, “We are delighted to be opening our 21st store in Highbridge which extends our geographical presence in Somerset following store launches in Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater and Haywood Village during the last couple of years. The Highbridge store is in a prominent position on the main road into Highbridge and is on the edge of a large residential estate. We are confident that our purpose-built, well-equipped store providing product ranges and services beyond the typical convenience store format, will serve the community well for all their local shopping needs. As a co-operative, we pride ourselves on forming strong links with the local community and have provided employment opportunities, shelf space to local producers and suppliers and aim to support good causes and charitable organisations.”