£200k re-start for ram-raided store

A food store in Donington damaged during a failed ram-raid last year has re-opened following a £200,000-plus programme of repairs.

The ribbon cutting at Donington Co-op. Picture: Paul Marriott

The Co-op, in Market Place, has been closed since the incident in September which saw it repeatedly rammed by a tractor in a bid to steal its cash machine.

It left the front of the store demolished and the business trading from a pop-up shop in the car park of the neighbouring Black Bull public house.

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Today (Friday), children from the village’s primary school and Malcolm Mills, the landlord of the Black Bull, helped Co-op staff to cut the ribbon and re-launch the store.

Chris Pashley, store manager, said: “We are delighted to re-open the store and to welcome the community back into their Co-op – we would really like to thank the community, councillors and local authority for all of their support which has led to the store’s re-launch.”

The extensive repairs, costing in excess of £200,000, involved essential structural work, repairs to the roof, new shop frontage, entrance and signs and, internal refitting including flooring, refrigeration, and suspended ceiling, before readying the store for its re-opening.

The Donington store, the company notes, will deliver a funding boost for local community groups through its membership scheme. Members receive a five per cent reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further one per cent going directly to good causes in the area to make a difference in the community.

Simon Taylor, area manager, added: “We want shoppers in Donington to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. We are also giving back to the community. Our members have an opportunity to make a difference locally - simply by using their membership card when they shop with us they will raise much needed funding for organisations nearby who contribute to improving local life.”