Hi, my name is Les Old and I work in the Format, Range and Space team here at Co-op. It’s my job to oversee the look and feel of our new stores and refits, and I wanted to share a very special project with you.
Back in October 2017 I visited one of our local causes, Danger Point Learning Centre in Talacre, North Wales. It’s a little bit like a film set, with a pretend house, beach, street and even a mock Co-op shop. The aim is to teach young people about essential life skills; from home and road safety and first aid, to healthy eating and managing your money.
I was amazed at everything I learned when I took the tour. But when we got to the Co-op shop my heart sank, it lacked any kind of identity of our Co-op, even though they promote us to their visitors every day.
The Danger Point team were the most passionate, helpful and dedicated bunch of people I’d ever met, and even though the centre is such a vital resource in their community, they’re severely lacking support. I knew I couldn’t walk away without helping them, so I took some measurements and promised I’d do what I could.
We had no budget to do a refit, so had to rely entirely on donations. My colleague Georgina Willis from Co-op Property supported me and I couldn’t have done it without her. It look 10 months to manage around other projects but, with a lot of help from everyone involved, and very kind donations from suppliers and contractors, Danger Point’s new Co-op is officially open.
We celebrated with a store opening last week where one of the centre’s users, 10 year old Gracie, cut the ribbon. Danger Point’s trustees couldn’t believe the transformation and the visitors were amazed. They actually thought it was a real store.
Julie Evans, Manager of Danger Point, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the new Co-op shop. It looks absolutely fantastic and I’m very proud to have in the centre. The trustees and the rest of the team were really impressed with it. The children won’t want to leave the shop! Everyone was so amazed at the transformation.”
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Format Integrity Manager, Format, Range and Space – Customer