Leading convenience retailer, the Co-op, has opened a new food store in Ebbsfleet Garden City  following a £645,000 investment that has created 15 new jobs.

Located on Castle Hill, the store will be open to serve customers between 7am and 10pm daily. It will also run on 100% renewable electricity.

With a free ATM, bakery and Costa coffee point, Ebbsfleet Co-op will focus on fresh heathy produce, award-winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, free-from and vegan products, Fairtrade, food-to-go and everyday essentials.

Students who are TOTUM cardholders can pocket a 10% discount off groceries and contactless card payment limits up to £45 will be accepted, making it easier, quicker and safer to shop.

The new Co-op will also provide a funding boost locally, giving back to causes in the area through its Membership scheme and it will also be looking to work with community partners as part of its Food Share scheme, which is designed not only to minimise food waste but also to share food with those in need, helping to alleviate food poverty.

Carly Muggivan, Co-op’s Area Manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to make such a significant investment here in Ebbsfleet and the team is really looking forward to serving the community with a brand new store. Co-op is committed to connecting communities and making a difference, and our aim is to operate at the heart of local life. We also want customers to know that they can become a Member of their Co-op, and make a difference every time they swipe their Membership card when buying own branded products.”

The Co-op picked up the “Convenience Retailer of the Year” and “Food-to-go Retailer of the Year” titles at the latest Retail Industry Awards.

Co-op is owned by around 4.6M active Members, and alongside Food, it operates: Co-op Funeralcare, Insurance, Health and Legal Services. More information about the Co-op is available by visiting https://www.coop.co.uk

Adam Forster of Newcrest, which delivered the store, said further shops are due to come in due course.

He said: “We are pleased to have delivered the co-op store for local residents, especially considering the circumstances we have encountered to prior to this point. We are soon to deliver the remainder of the adjacent shops bringing further benefit to the local community”