Hundreds of customers have already discovered a bigger and better shopping experience at the £1.5m canalside convenience store which opened its doors last week.
The new store’s attractive waterside setting means shoppers are not just arriving by car and foot – they’re also arriving by barge.
If you demand choice, quality and exceptional value for money you’re in for a treat.
The striking new convenience store has been built on the site of the former Anchor Inn and retains many original features from the historic pub, including roof tiles and timber cladding.
On the outside the design has remained faithful to the original inn, but the only similarity inside is the extensive range of wines and beers which includes an excellent choice of real ales.
An impressive 3,000 sq. ft. of interior space has provided the space for a fantastic range of fresh meat, vegetables, dairy and frozen food.
The Co-op is famous for backing British farmers and not surprisingly home produce features heavily in both the meat and vegetable sections.
Food is beautifully displayed in curved glass Italian refrigeration units, allowing items to be easily viewed and removed. The stylish black cabinets give the interior a slick modern look, combining good looks with practicality.
The store is not just good on the eye – it smells good too, thanks to the new bakery area where loaves are warmed in the ovens each day.
The Glascote Co-op also offers fresh fruit and salad for healthy appetites. Fresh produce is maintained at the perfect temperature due to energy efficient refrigeration, which together with LED lighting, has boosted the Society’s carbon footprint.
A superb choice of ready-made meals and sandwiches will soon be complemented by a take-away section providing hot coffee, croissants, pies, sausage rolls and various other tasty snacks.
Bob Read, head of Tamworth Co-op’s food division, says the new store offers a choice of products for most meal occasions.
“We’ve been seeing a distinct trend of late where people like to shop in stages throughout the week, rather than do it all in one go. In fact research just released by Co-operative Food shows today’s shoppers mirroring what was happening in the 1960s before the advent of huge supermarkets.
“Grazing shopping habits are more popular today than the huge monthly shop. This store fits in beautifully with that and we’re very proud of what we have created here. It’s gone down very well with both customers and staff.
A large, well-lit 19-bay car park includes spaces for disabled drivers and people with young children. It is also protected by the latest security cameras.
A free ATM cash machine is situated near the entrance for added convenience. There are also National Lottery, PayPoint and E top up facilities.
The new manager is Annette Brindley who held similar roles with the Tamworth Co-op in Kingsbury and Dosthill. Several new jobs have been created and all staff from the old Glascote store have transferred over.
Chief executive Julian Coles says the quality and size of the new facility is indicative of the Tamworth Co-op’s aspirations to invest in the local area.
“We are an independent company, which has been at the heart of the Tamworth community since 1886,” he said.
“This year we have spent around £3m on creating two bright, modern convenience stores in Glascote and Dosthill. I think that sends a clear signal to customers and members alike that we will invest in this area when we feel the opportunity is right.”
Mr Coles added: “We are confident that the Glascote store will prove every bit as popular as the store we opened in Dosthill in May. It’s a very attractive setting and ticked all the boxes for us in being able to offer an extensive range of products and convenient facilities for local people. We operate an ethical buying policy and have an excellent reputation for supporting our local communities.
“We are confident that our striking new store will be another feather in the cap for the Tamworth Co-operative Society.”
*The Tamworth Co-operative Society would like to thank H-Systems and 24-Seven Cooling Ltd for the work carried out.
WHAT LOCAL PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THE NEW STORE….
“I spent 16 years behind the bar at the Anchor Inn and am very impressed with this new store. It’s nice and bright with a lovely layout” – Jane Chapman
“Glascote has long needed something like this –excellent use of space” – Andy Noteman
“Having two young children I really appreciate the parking facilities. The food range is also great –Sarah Price
GLASCOTE CONVENIENCE STORE OPENING HOURS:
Monday to Saturday….7am-11pm