CO-OP is set to open a new store after it was forced to close a supermarket to make way for student accommodation.

The brand-new purpose-built store in London Road in Brighton will be underneath the new accommodation on the site and is expected to open late next month, creating more than 30 jobs.

Running fully on renewable energy, the Co-op will feature a free ATM, fairtrade coffee machine, bakery, freshly squeezed orange juice and sushi.

The store also promises a focus on fresh, healthy products, alongside meal ideas, everyday essentials, award-winning beers and wines, and vegan and plant-based products - including Co-op’s exclusive vegan range GRO.

The new Co-op will also feature a water refill station, where shoppers can fill up their own water bottles, as well as an Amazon parcel collection.

A recycling unit will also be available from the store to enable to the community to return plastics.

Co-op branded banners have appeared on the shop’s windows ahead of its opening next month.

The Argus: Co-op branded banners have appeared on windows ahead of the store's openingCo-op branded banners have appeared on windows ahead of the store's opening

Ferhat Spurling, Co-op’s store manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to create a new-look Co-op store in London Road.

“Our aim is to operate at the heart of local life, and we have worked to create the range, choice, products and added services to create a really compelling offer to serve the community, conveniently.”

The news comes as Iceland prepares to shut the doors of its London Road store for the last time at the start of next month to also make way for more student accommodation.

Co-op’s previous store on London Road closed in October 2019 and was demolished to make way for student housing.

Students who are Totum cardholders, the new name for NUS extra, will get an extra benefit from the new store, as they can get a ten per cent discount off of their shop at Co-op.

Co-op also boasts a membership programme which provides a funding boost to the local community.

Alongside additional value through in-store offers, members are rewarded two pence per pound spent on Co-op branded products, with the Co-op donating the same amount to local causes and community organisations.

The supermarket has more than four million active members and also operates funeralcare, insurance and legal services.