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Co-op confirmed for Peters Village – supermarket to open by autumn 2021

Peters Village developer Trenport has announced that the Co-op will operate the community’s new supermarket, with work expected to start by January 2021 and complete by the autumn.

Trenport MD Richard Hall said: “I’m not only delighted to announce a start on the supermarket after all the delays caused by this eventful year, but also to name the Co-op as the occupant.

“The brand is known for its ethical and fair trade policies and has already confirmed that the new store will run on 100% renewable energy, all of which makes it a great fit for Peters Village, where we have set up a sustainable transport plan and nurtured rare wildlife and a local Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

“I’m sure the store will be the focal point of the new village centre we are starting on soon, which includes three more shops, a dental surgery, and a community hall. Work will also begin shortly on a medical centre being built by the NHS.”

Peters Village lies on the River Medway near Wouldham and the Co-op has confirmed that the new store (pictured above: the Co-op at Harrietsham, Kent, is similar to that planned for Peters Village) will create around 15 jobs for that local area and focus on fresh and healthy produce, award winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, ‘free-from’ and vegan products, Fairtrade, food-to-go and, everyday essentials.

Craig Smith, Co-op Acquisition Manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to serve Peters Village.  We are always looking for new locations where we can develop the range, choice, products and services locally to create a truly compelling offer, conveniently.

“We are committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally, and to operating at the heart of local life.”

Mr Smith added that shoppers who choose to become Co-op members are rewarded with 2p added to their membership account balance for every pound they spend on the store’s own-brand products. The retailer shares a further 2% with community causes.

Members are also eligible for discounts across the Co-op group to make savings on funerals, insurance policies and legal products and services.

Contactless card payment limits have been increased to £45, making it easier, quicker and safer to shop, and students who are TOTUM cardholders - the new name for NUS Extra – can enjoy a 10% discount off groceries at the Co-op.

The chain has also put measures in place to assist during the Covid-19 emergency: the Co-op Community Shopping Card enables those self-isolating or told to stay at home to shop and pay for their essentials; cards are bought or topped-up by calling 0800 029 4592, allowing friends, families, neighbours or volunteers to shop at the Co-op on their behalf.

And the retailer’s Food Share scheme works to minimise food waste and make a difference locally, supporting not-for-profit organisations who work to share food with those in need in the community.

Co-op is owned by around 4.6m active members.