Local Man Welcomes Plans For Co-op Meeting

A man who has campaigned for better islander consultation over the St Mary’s Co-operative store says he’s pleased the supermarket is arranging a meeting with customers in December.

The Co-op says island shoppers will be able to meet representatives from the food business and from the local area committee.

Alan Davis recently stood for election as the islands’ member but was unsuccessful. He wants a dedicated member on that panel because of the store’s commercial dominance here and unique supply issues.

Scilly instead shares a member with the mainland and Co-op manager, Paul Westaway, from Penzance recently won the seat.

The Coop say they have listened to feedback after an invitation-only consultation in April.

And they also announced the completion of the first phase of improvements following those talks, which regional manager, Phil Richards, says were ‘insightful.’

The organisation has invested £100,000 in renovating the store area with a new roof, windows, insulating walls and additional refrigeration.

After complaints about low stocks, staff have also been trained on a new ordering system  allowing more flexibility to cater for seasonal demand.

They’ve brought in overnight shelf filling and reviewed the store plan to allow better accessibility.

Not everyone is happy though.

Mary Leathers has complained to Coop headquarters that a range of regular items, including frozen carrots, macaroni and large tins of pineapple are no longer available.

The chain replied saying they have discontinued some lines because of space constraints and Mary does says the updated store layout is an improvement.


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