Youngsters celebrate opening of Harpenden’s new Co-op store
PUBLISHED: 12:11 29 November 2010
HARPENDEN youngsters helped celebrate the official opening of Southdown’s new Co-operative store.
The children, representing The Grove Infant and Nursery School, performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony following an £850,000 refit of the former Somerfield shop. Store manager Angelo Imbriano promised that the local Co-op would, “make a contribution to community life,” as the store donated £200 to the local school’s funds.
Harpenden town mayor Daniel Chichester-Miles welcomed the “wonderful” addition of the Post Office relocated inside the new store on Southdown Road.
The refitted shop is one of many conversions following the Co-operative Group’s £1.56 billion acquisition of the Somerfield supermarket chain last year. Angelo said: “We are proud to serve the local community and this substantial investment in the store means we can now provide a much enhanced service.”
The total number of staff at the new Co-op is 105.