New £1.3m Co-op to open doors on Monday

A new £1.3m Lincolnshire Co-op foodstore will open its doors in Burgh le Marsh on Monday - with community groups benefiting from £600 of grants to mark the occasion.

The 3,000 sqft foodstore will also create 12 new jobs.

After an official opening ceremony at 10am on Monday the store will open its doors to customers for the first time from noon.

Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Co-op, Ursula Lidbetter, said: “We’re delighted to be opening this new store in Burgh le Marsh.

“We’re particularly pleased with the look of the building – by recycling the bricks and the roof tiles from the former Maltings we’ve helped save energy but also made sure that the outlet fits in with the local area.

“Lincolnshire Co-op is a different type of business. As a co-op, we’re owned by our members, more than 210,000 local people. They share the profits through dividend, through new and improved services – like this store – and through the support we offer the local community, such as the grants to the groups at our opening ceremony.

“We hope lots of people in Burgh le Marsh will take up the chance to join the Society.”

To mark the opening ceremony the Co-op will donate £300 to Burgh’s windmill heritage centre, and also £300 to the Louth & District Hospice.

The outlet in Burgh le Marsh is Lincolnshire Co-operative’s 75th foodstore across the trading area, which includes branches in Spilsby, Alford, Chapel St Leonards and Roman Bank, in Skegness.

All the 20,000 bricks used to build the outlet were reclaimed from the original Maltings building which stood on the site, used in recent years as a petrol station and garage.

The new store will stock a wide range of goods from essential groceries to local products like Batemans beer, brewed in Wainfleet and Lymn Bank Cheddar, made in Thorpe St Peter.

It will also stock meat sourced through the Lincolnshire Quality Beef, Lamb and Pork scheme, bread and cakes made by the Society’s own bakers Gadsby’s plus Fairtrade goods.

Inside the building, the latest energy-efficient fridges and freezers are also being used and all back areas will have motion sensors to ensure lights aren’t on if they don’t need to be.