The Co-op Supermarket is backing ECN’s bid to make Chippy Britain’s favourite high street by encouraging shoppers to vote for the town in the Great British High Street competition.
A temporary polling station will be in-store with iPads and ECN volunteers on-hand to guide customers through the voting process over the next month.
Manager Adam Quinton made the space available as part of the Co-op’s commitment to the local community and chatted to ECN about the Albion Street store’s recent expansion.
It is just one of the ways the Co-op is supporting good causes in Chippy. The store is planning sessions to help people living with dementia as part of Chipping Norton’s goal to become a Dementia Friendly town.
Co-op staff have also lined up to volunteer for Lights Up – an arts club specially set up for people with dementia and their carers.
Below, Adam discusses the Co-op’s major expansion in Chipping Norton:
What inspired the Chipping Norton Co-op revamp?
I’ve spent 15 years working at The Midcounties Co-operative supermarket in Chipping Norton, and in that time my team and I have always prided ourselves on working with the local community, tailoring the store to suit their needs and making them really feel like a part of the process.
After all, one of the things that makes Chippy such a great place to live is its close-knit community, and that’s what’s inspired our new look store. We’ve designed it with a whole host of improvements in mind to make shopping better and more convenient for all of our loyal members and customers.
What can shoppers expect when they see the new store for the first time?
Not only have we expanded our store to over 14,000 feet, we’ve worked hard to create a fresh, modern look which customers can’t miss when they walk inside.
Our brand new store really does take convenience to a whole new level and even includes a Post Office to allow our customers to run all of their errands in just one trip.
We’ve also launched a new ‘Discovery Zone’ – a dedicated section of the store which showcases new locally-sourced products in our region, as well as letting the community know about essential local services and events.
To make it even better, we’ll be increasing the amount of products from the Co-operative ‘Loved By Us’ range in store, too, offering a much wider choice than we ever have before and, to top it all off, our Travel and Healthcare branches are located nearby on the High Street and have been given a fresh new look, too.”
How have shoppers reacted to the changes at the Chipping Norton Co-op?
We’ve loved receiving feedback from shoppers in the Chippy community since we opened the doors to the new store in July. They all love the fresh new look and wide range of products on offer.
We’re really excited about our new concept, and we look forward to seeing more new faces in the store soon!”
How does the Co-op support the local community?
But it’s not just about how the store looks. As a co-operative, supporting the community is our top priority, and we do this in many different ways, from working with local charities and good causes to championing the local products that we stock, made by suppliers in and around Chippy.
Regional suppliers also play a huge part in the selection of products available in our brand new bakery, butchery, fish and deli counters, meaning that our customers can enjoy the convenience of everything that they need being available in one place.”