Donington Co-op bounced back with a pop-up shop hours after a bungled ram-raid saw the front of its Market Place store demolished by a tractor.
CCTV cameras at the next door Black Bull pub captured footage of the attempted theft of the cashpoint (ATM) as the store was repeatedly rammed by a stolen tractor.
Footage shown on our website – www.spaldingtoday.co.uk – shows debris hitting the ground as the front of the shop caves in and then the three men involved in the failed raid making off empty handed in a dark 4x4 flat-bed vehicle and dark blue saloon car.
The attempted theft happened at about 3.20am on Thursday and Black Bull landlord Malcolm Mills said it sounded like an “earthquake” when the tractor first hit the store.
He has provided a home in his car park to the Co-op’s pop up shop, which stocks more than 120 everyday essentials and is equipped with Lotto and Paypoint. It opens 7am-8pm daily.
Today (Monday) a Co-op spokesman said they are awaiting site surveys and engineering reports before taking the next step.
He said: “We will consider all of the options available. One option includes creating an alternative entrance and sealing off and securing the affected area – this would enable the store to trade from over 80 per cent of its sales area while repairs are undertaken, reducing the time taken to re-open the store.
“At the moment a pop-up shop continues to serve the community. It is too early to confirm when work will begin or when the store will re-open.”
On Friday, the main store was shrouded by a plastic-sheeted barrier with the stolen John Deere tractor parked on top of a mountain of rubble.
The Co-op is popular in Donington and also draws customers from neighbouring villages.
Bicker resident Mo Rear told us: “I don’t know what to say – it’s people like us that have to suffer.”
The Co-op uses pop-up shops when refitting main stores although they were used earlier this year to give a service for flood hit communities in areas like Appleby, Cumbria.
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