New Harleston supermarket opening this week

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The new East of England Co-op Supermarket on Bullock Fair Close, Harleston will be opening its doors this Thursday 26 October, with a host of celebratory offers and entertainment.

Opening at 8.30am, the first 100 customers through the doors will each receive a golden envelope with the opportunity to win a range of prizes.

The new look store has been closed for the past two months whilst extensive refurbishment work took place by local contractors. Customers will find an increased range of local produce, with over 450 lines from 61 local suppliers, as well as over 100 lines of locally sourced Deli to Go products.

Returning customers will also be greeted by familiar faces with 62 local jobs protected. The former Budgens colleagues will be joined by those from the current East of England Co-op food store on London Road, which will close permanently this Wednesday (25 November) at 10pm.

Store manager Steve Charlton, previously store manager of the Budgens, said: “I’ve worked in Harleston for ten years and know it’s a very tight-knit community, so it’s great to remain in the town and I’m keen to welcome our customers back into the store. I’m really looking forward to bringing both teams together.”

From Thursday 26 October, the new East of England Co-op Supermarket on Bullock Fair Close will be open 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm Sunday. 

It was recently announced parking at Bullocks Fair Close will remain free of charge thanks to the support of the East of England Co-op, who are contributing £30,000 a year towards a new, long-term lease between Redenhall and Harleston Town Council and South Norfolk District Council.

Nick Denny, Joint Chief Executive for the East of England Co-op, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Redenhall and Harleston Town Council. We’ve been service the community of Harleston for many years as a retailer and are pleased that customers and visitors to this wonderful town will continue to be able to park free of charge.”