New jobs with Coleford store expansion
NEW jobs have been created with the expansion of Coleford's main supermarket.
The Co-op, in The Marshes, has grown by 3,000 square feet meaning 11 new staff have been taken on.
The expansion, which includes a new Fairtrade coffee shop and salad bar, was officially opened on Friday.
Children from St Johns CofE Primary School were invited to cut the ribbon, wearing crowns they had designed for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
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Assistant store manager Stephen Morgan said: "There was a lovely atmosphere at the re-launch and everyone enjoyed the celebrations. The schoolchildren had a great time and the crowns they had designed and wore looked fantastic.
"We are very much a community retailer so it's great to create 11 new jobs in this the International Year of Co-operatives, which is all about supporting the community and working together to create a better world."
The expansion is the latest investment in the town by Co-op chiefs.
In January the company bought out rival retailer Harry Tuffins, which has a store in the High Street.
And shoppers could yet get more choice if Tesco decides to appeal the decision by district councillors to reject its plans for a supermarket off Lords Hill. Coleford's mayor Sue Merrikin, who was re-elected to lead the town council last week, said employment opportunities had to be welcomed.
"I've been aware of the Co-op's expansion but I didn't know what they were doing with it," she said.
"Anything that creates jobs for the area is really positive and is good news for us.
"I think we have to be careful, though, to find a balance between supermarket shopping and supporting our independent, family-run stores."
In return for their ribbon-cutting duties, The Co-op handed over a £250 grant to St John's school.