St Mary’s Co-Op To Get £450k Refurbishment

coop signThe Co-op are planning to spend almost half a million pounds upgrading the interior of their St Mary’s store this autumn.

That’s on top of the facelift to the front of the building that we reported last week.

A spokesperson from the Co-op’s headquarters in Manchester said the work, planned for October, will create “a new shopping experience for the community.”

He said the space will be redefined, with a new in-store bakery and “a focus on fresh, healthy foods and essentials.”

Co-op Area Manager Phil Richards said the company is “thrilled” to be making such a significant investment in St Mary’s and delighted that they’ll have a fantastic new food store.

He says the store will remain open throughout the refit.

The shop will also be one of the first in the company to introduce a new role to its staff – a Community Pioneer.

They’ll get involved in community activities, such as fundraising initiatives and foster links with local shoppers.

Back in 2013, the Co-op said they were looking to set up a ‘User Forum’ for Scilly after local man Alan Davis complained about stock levels and the lack of representation on the Co-op’s regional committee. That never made it off the ground.



8 Responses to St Mary’s Co-Op To Get £450k Refurbishment

  1. Pauline Mawer July 28, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Yes the layout is certainly in need of improvement , but all the staff manage incredibly well and deserve a huge THANK YOU!

  2. L Williams July 22, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I personally think that the coop staff do a fantastic job given their circumstances. With a limited amount of deliveries and orders that aren’t amendable sent to a shop that is designed for a 1/4 of the amount of shoppers there is always something that will produce a meal. With very few applicants it must be difficult to fill the positions avaliable especially considering they have been without a manager a vast amount of months. Each and every member of staff within the building are very welcoming and accommodating to shoppers. Well done to the staff in the shop!

    • Kate Stephens July 24, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      I agree. I don’t ever look forward to visiting the Co-Op but the staff are the best thing there.

      • LINDA BADCOCK July 26, 2015 at 8:33 pm

        Does no one ever have to queue in a mainland supermarket, are the shelves always stocked to the gills. I have said it before and here I say again, there is not one occasion when I have not been able to produce a meal for my family from produce purchased from the Coop. Yes the checkout tills could be positioned better but that said, with only one exception the team that staff our store are to be commended for the service they provide. THANKYOU .

  3. S Moorhen July 21, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Just a suggestion, why not reposition the store next to the out of town parking at Carn Thomas? That way we could avoid the £1 bus fare of your park and ride scheme.

  4. bishop rock July 20, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Half the time the shelves are empty. Trouble is there is no competition!!! Porthmellon stores were good.

  5. John Whapshott July 20, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I agree with Kay – the layout of the store is terrible, concentrating shoppers into small crowded spaces. I’m sure that next time we visit, it will be so much better. After all, it can’t be much worse – can it?

  6. kay banfield July 20, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I hope they have plans to reposition the checkouts, they are totally in the wrong place.