Whitchurch now has a brand-new bright Co-op store which opened this morning after an extensive refurbishment of the old Somerfield shop.

The official opening was carried out by local celebrity Brian Wheeler, who has starred as an Ewok in Star Wars and also featured in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. He is also in the forthcoming new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Customers were invited to partake in food tasting and were also offered small gifts and shopping vouchers.

The whole store had been stripped out over the past weeks with the layout being turned around by 90 degrees to allow the entrance to be from the Church Street side. Bright lighting, new checkouts, display units, and a Co-op Bank cash machine all create a pleasant shopping experience. And for those who enjoy their early morning fresh croissants – yes, they are still available.

Current staff have been attending training courses at Thatcham where they have been learning the new till systems and Co-op working practices. “Its exciting to be part of such a new store in Whitchurch” said one of the young check out assistants.