Colleagues and customers celebrate Dedham High Street store reopening

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Local residents eagerly awaited the reopening of the new look East of England Co-op store in Dedham today (Tuesday 30 October), which has been extensively refurbished following a ram raid in December last year.

The store was officially opened by East of England Co-op President, Sally Chicken, Reverend Antony Wilson, Sheila Beeton from Dedham Parish Council, David Larner, Headteacher at Dedham C of E Primary School, Colin Biggins from the Duchy Barn and Store Manager, Diane Roper. 

The first 30 customers through the door each received a £5 store voucher, whilst complimentary Halloween themed mini cupcakes and green bags for life were also given out to shoppers.  

The new look store has been closed for the past 10 months whilst extensive repair work was carried out to restore the listed building which was damaged during a ram raid in December 2017.

With the support of the local community, the East of England Co-op found a temporary home for the store in the Duchy Barn, located behind Dedham Parish Church off the High Street. 

Roger Grosvenor, Joint Chief Executive for the East of England Co-op, said: “We have been delighted and overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the local community over the last ten months. Our High Street store has been completely renovated with a new look and feel and an increased range of local products. Our colleagues in store are looking forward to welcoming customers and continuing to serve the people of Dedham”

From Tuesday 30th October, the High Street store will be open every day between 7am to 10pm.