Haxey finally has its new supermarket, in the form of a Co-operative foodstore that opened yesterday.
The £1.2 million store, on the site of the former Central Garage on the village’s High Street, has created a total 14 jobs in the Isle.
It will be open for business from 7am to 10pm, seven days a week, selling a variety of fresh, tinned and frozen groceries that will include the Fairtrade brand, and the Love Local range with Lincolnshire’s own produce.
Four local groups will benefit from initial donations, to mark the Lincolnshire Co-operative’s involvement with its community.
The Mayor of North Lincolnshire, Coun Peter Clark performed the opening honours at 9am, with the store opening its doors to customers from noon.
Haxey C of E Primary School received a £200 donation as the store’s first Community Champion. Others to be handed cheques included Haxey Village Hall, Haxey Cricket Club and the charity When You Wish upon a Star, as chosen by the Mayor.
The Community Champions’ scheme links Lincolnshire Co-op dividend card holders to good causes in their immediate locality. Donations are made every time members shop in the Co-op and weekly totals are displayed in store.
Store Manager Pippa Harrison said: “As a Co-op, we share our profits with our members in lots of different ways – through new services like our new Haxey store, paying dividend and making donations to good causes.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming lots of people into our store and we hope customers sign up to be members so they can start collecting dividend as well as raising money for our Community Champion, Haxey Primary School.”
Isle folk will be able to sign up to be members of the Lincolnshire Co-op by filling out a simple form, after which they can score dividend points on their purchases, and a dividend bonus at the end of the year.
Local contractors were used for the building of the facility whenever possible, and LED lights feature throughout its interior to reduce the amount of energy used.