Lincolnshire Co-op’s redeveloped Whaplode Food Store and Filling Station has now opened following a £1.6 million transformation.
Reverend Barbara Hutchinson, Chief Executive Ursula Lidbetter and the store team were joined by local councillors and representatives to unveil the outlet’s new look on Thursday, February 28.
As part of the celebrations £500 was presented to Whaplode Village Hall, and another £500 was split between St Mary’s Church in Whaplode and All Saints Church in Moulton.
Vicar at St Mary’s Church in Whaplode and All Saints Church in Moulton Reverend Gareth Atha said: “We get absolutely no central funding from government and there’s no funding from charitable organisations unless we apply for it normally, so we are entirely dependent on donations.
“When we get something like this it’s a huge help. It enables us to cover some of the running costs, enhance what we do and enhance worship, and it really helps us provide a service to the local community.”
A further £500 is also being donated to the Moulton and Whaplode Scouts Group, making £1,500 donated to local causes in total as part of the outlet’s reopening.
Whaplode Food Store and Filling Station shut in April 2018 to allow the site’s old kiosk to be demolished and replaced with the new, larger store.
It’s doubled the retail area and made space for extra facilities including takeaway Costa Coffee and hot food-to-go. Eight new colleagues were also recruited to join the existing team as a result.
The forecourt has also been smartened up with new fuel pumps and a fresh canopy.