THE Channel Islands Co-operative Society has completed the purchase of a site at Royal Terrace, St Peter Port. The retail site will be converted into the latest concept Co-operative Locale over the coming months.
It is hoped that the 4,000 sq. ft. store will be open for trading by the end of the summer. An application has been made to the Environment Department for minor works to be made to the building, which includes the entrance doors and internal plant.
'The Society is delighted to be able to add another store in the island for our growing membership. Members keep telling us they would like us to provide more convenient locations, and we are responding. We believe this is an excellent site to cater for the variety of workers travelling to and from work each day and very convenient for those residents living in nearby apartments,' said Colin Macleod, The Channel Islands Co-operative Society's Chief Executive.
With this additional unit, the Society will now work with the Social Security Department to identify and train unemployed individuals to become part of the retail team across its business. This Locale will employ approximately 25 store colleagues.
Colin Macleod continued 'We are keen to use the new Locale to create local jobs across our retail business and get people back to work so working with SSD will hopefully enable us to offer some good employment opportunities.'
Charles Billson, Chairman of the Long Port Group said 'We are delighted to welcome the Co-op to the Royal family as the major retail anchor investment in the Royal. We are looking forward to the opening of this premium quality convenience food store in the summer.'
This will be the tenth Co-operative store inGuernseyand the fourth Co-operative Locale, which follows the recent and very successful opening of the En Route store in St Andrew.