Co-op to Serve-up New Dover Store at Buckland Mill


Co-op is set to serve-up a new store in Dover this week (Friday, 02 October) following a more than £620,000 investment by the convenience retailer which has formed part of the rejuvenation of the former Buckland Mill site.

The new Co-op store will run on 100% renewable electricity, and has created 14 local jobs. It includes customer car parking, bakery, free ATM and coffee, alongside a focus on fresh, heathy produce, award winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, free-from and vegan products, Fairtrade, food-to-go and, everyday essentials.

Paul Hoskins, Co-op Area Manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to make such a significant investment in Dover, and to be part of the major regeneration of the site. The store has a great look and feel, and we have worked to create the range, choice, products and services locally that will create a really compelling offer, conveniently. We are looking forward to serving the community.

“Co-op is committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally, and our aim is to operate at the heart of local life. That is why we also want customers to know that they can become a Member of their Co-op, and that they can make a difference to local causes every time they swipe their Membership card when buying own branded products.”

Cllr Michael Conolly, Chairman of Dover District Council, said: “I am delighted to see this major new investment by the Co-op.  The new store makes the most of the unique setting of the historic Buckland Mill, and provides local jobs.

“The Co-op store is at the heart of a vibrant new neighbourhood being created at the former Buckland Mill, and continues a long tradition of the Co-op serving communities in Dover and the wider district.”

Students who are TOTUM cardholders – the new name for NUS extra – can pocket a 10% discount off groceries at the Co-op.

Contactless card payment limits are increased to £45, making it easier, quicker and safer to shop.

The new Co-op will also provide a funding boost locally, giving back to causes in the area through its Membership scheme, while the retailer’s Food Share scheme works to minimise food waste and make a difference locally, supporting local not-for-profit organisations who work to tackle food insecurity and share food with those in need in the community

The Co-op’s Community Shopping Card makes it easier for those self-isolating or who have been instructed to stay at home to shop and pay for their essentials – cards can be purchased or topped-up by calling 0800 029 4592, enabling friends, families, neighbours or volunteers to shop on their behalf in store.

Co-op is owned by around 4.6 million active Members, and alongside Food, it operates: Co-op Funeralcare, Insurance, Health and Legal Services.

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