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Whaplode's £1.6million Co-op food store and filling station to open soon




Whaplode will have its new £1.6million Co-op food store and filling station open for business by the end of February.

The site closed in April 2018 for demolition of the old kiosk, a new larger food store to be built and underground work.

Lincolnshire Co-op says six former members of its Whaplode team will join eight new employees when the site opens for business on the target date, Febuary 28.

Work nears completion at the Co-op food store and filling station. Photo (TIM WILSON): 160119-14
Work nears completion at the Co-op food store and filling station. Photo (TIM WILSON): 160119-14

The Main Road site will have more than double the retail space and an extra 1,500 product lines, including groceries, fresh and chilled food, and food to go.

There will no longer be a Post Office combi counter service although there will be PayPoint and a free-to-use ATM.

Customers will be able to get cashback, buy 1st class stamps, and the post box outside the store will be reinstated.

Lincolnshire Co-op store development manager Matthew Wilkinson said: "Because we totally overhauled the filling station infrastructure and built a brand-new outlet, we had to close the site for a significant period of time.

"We know that lots of people in the area will be glad to have this valued service back and we're looking forward to opening our doors so our customers can see the new-look outlet, which will provide more choice and an improved shopping experience."

Workmen on top of the filling station canopy. (160119-12)
Workmen on top of the filling station canopy. (160119-12)

He said the Co-op is focusing its Post Office services at Holbeach Post Office, which customers have used since Whaplode temporarily closed for building works.

Mr Wilkinson said: "We're sorry that those who found the Whaplode Post Office combi-counter convenient will not be able to use this service in future."

Motorists have watched the work progress for months ... and Main Road has had one-way working with traffic lights for much of the build. (160119-16)
Motorists have watched the work progress for months ... and Main Road has had one-way working with traffic lights for much of the build. (160119-16)

As previously reported, a pedestrian refuge is being moved to ease access to the store.



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