Donation of £500 made towards defibrillator for Overton at re-opening of Co-op (From Andover Advertiser)
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Donation of £500 made towards defibrillator for Overton at re-opening of Co-op
A DONATION of £500 was made towards buying a defibrillator for a village at the re-opening of a refurbished shop.
The Co-operative store in Overton closed on July 28 for a refit and was officially re-opened last Thursday by Councillor Lucy Sloane Williams, vice-chair of Overton Parish Council.
The new-look store has been modernised and now offers an improved range of produce. Michael Taylor, The Southern Co-operative’s retail business manager at the Overton store, said: “We now have a greater choice of local produce in our Local Flavours range, a new ‘free-from’ range, more chilled goods and an increased grocery range.
“There are five tills, previously four, which will mean quicker service, and we’ve also added a free to use cash dispenser.
“We’ll be reducing our energy consumption in store too as doors have been added to the chiller cabinets, and we’ve installed LED lighting.
“The store has a fresher, modern feel to it now and I really hope our customers will like the new look and improved range.”
The first 50 customers through the doors were given a free box of chocolates. At the opening, The Southern Co-operative donated £500 to Overton Parish Council towards buying a life-saving defibrillator, to be located outside St Mary’s Hall.
Councillor Tom Ridler, chairman of Overton Parish Council, was grateful for the donation, and said: “The Overton Co-op fulfils a vital role in the commercial heart of the village and consequently Overton Parish Council is delighted that the shop has been refurbished to such a high standard.
“The new layout will ensure that a greater range of products will be available to parishioners, many of whom are dependent on the store for their day-to-day shopping needs.”
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