THE Co-op in Canterbury Road, Whitstable, has reopened after a complete refurbishment. Shoppers can now benefit from a “more convenient” lay-out, a 50 percent increase In fresh produce and a remodelled bakery. Haydn Burgess, team leader at the store, said:
“The store has undergone a total refit and is now looking great.”
“Everybody is really pleased with how it is going. A lot of customers are still getting used to the new layout, but they seem to really like the new look and range.”
The store closed on Sunday, October 19 so that a major revamp could be carried out. It reopened on Thursday, October 30. The refurb came after a study by the Co-op that showed customer shopping behaviours have changed. The research found there has been a shift towards more frequent cop-up shopper missions rather than a big weekly or monthly shop. The Co-op decided to change the layout of the store to match this trend. Mr Burgess said:
“As soon as you enter the store, you have the meat counter in front of you and then the fresh vegetables Thelayout has changed for the convenience of the customer and it flows much better.”
Members of the Whitstable Umbrella Centre, which is the store’s chosen charity for 2014, assisted with the reopening alongside store manager Paul Harris.
Herne Bay Gazette, November 19th 2014