A NEW store is set to open its doors next month after the completion of a multi-million pound redevelopment.

The Co-op says its £600,000 new store will open at Kingsway in Hove, near the King Alfred Leisure Centre.

It is part of the Waterfront scheme at the junction with St Aubyns.

The Co-operative said the new store boasts green credentials, running entirely off renewable electricity.

It will include an ATM cash machine, a bakery, hot food counter, coffee, fresh produce, and ready meals.

There will also be alcohol on sale, and products from the “Free-from” vegan range and Fairtrade options.

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The store will open on the ground floor of the Waterfront development in Hove

Tony Hatfield, Co-op area manager, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to make such a significant investment in Hove.

“The store will have a great look and feel.

“We are creating a really compelling convenience offer to meet the needs of residents and visitors, and we are looking forward to serving the community.

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“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.”

Mr Hatfield said the Co-operative hopes to open the store on Friday, October 23 and the new venture will create 20 jobs.

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The store opening date has been revealed

Students who are Totum cardholders (the new name for NUS Extra cards) can pocket a ten per cent discount off groceries at the store and other Co-ops in the city.

Meanwhile, the store seeks to cut food waste by launching its Food Share scheme and supporting not-for-profit groups in Hove working to tackle food poverty or insecurity and share food with those most in need.

Contactless card payment limits have been increased to £45.

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Twenty jobs will be created

The Co-op’s Community Shopping Card can also be used at the store to make it easier to shop for anyone self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

More information about the Co-op is available by visiting its website at www.coop.co.uk