THE Co-op served up its newest food store today (Thursday, 30 November) in Cambusbarron, following a £500,000 investment.

The new store – located on The Brae – provides 15 full and part time jobs, and will bring a funding boost for local good causes through its Membership scheme – Members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% benefitting local good causes.

Pupils from Cambusbarron Primary School were the guests of honour on launch day, cutting the ribbon and declaring the Co-op open for the community. The school also received a cheque for £500 as part of the celebrations.

The store includes an in-store bakery, self-service tills and Paypoint, alongside its focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, award winning wines and essentials.

George Ezady, Co-op’s area manager, said: “We are delighted to have undertaken such a significant investment in Cambusbarron and proud to be part of the community. The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum, and our ambition is to ensure the store is a local hub for people living in the area.

“We also want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. Our members make a difference locally and simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us, they are raising much needed funding for organisations who contribute to improving local life.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch.

And, students in the area holding a Young Scot card receive a 10% discount at the Co-op to support them during their studies.

Last month, the Co-op won the title of Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards.