New jobs have been created in Laurencekirk with the launch of a new shop that will be officially opened by the town’s oldest resident.
A new Co-op food store opens on July 14, creating 20 positions.
The opening will be conducted by 105-year-old Miss Craig, Laurencekirk’s oldest resident.
The new store on Aberdeen Road, which represents a £530,000 investment, will be one of the first in the UK to bear the new Co-op logo.
The company will be reintroducing the blue clover-leaf logo across the country in time.
The new premises will offer an in-store bakery range, Costa Coffe an ATM and a ‘focus on fresh food meal ideas and essentials’.
And the shop will highlight the company’s ‘pioneer role’, where a member of the team - in Laurencekirk’s case, Brenda Lees - will ‘work to foster involvement in community activities’.
This will encompass local fundraising initiatives to help understand and develop solutions to meet community needs - including support for the British Red Cross.
Angela Phillip, manager of the store, said: “We are thrilled to have made such a significant investment in Laurencekirk and delighted that we have a fantastic new food store with which to serve the community - it is an exciting time for the whole team.
“We are proud to be one of the first stores in the UK to display our new Co-op logo and I am confident we will provide the community with everything needed to pick-up delicious food conveniently and create inspirational and tasty meals at home.
“The Co-operative is a community retailer, and we are committed to playing an active role in local life, embracing the area’s community spirit.”
There will be offers, promotions and food sampling in and around the store to mark its opening on the day.
Young Scot cardholders aged 11 to 25 will receive a 10% discount on food, household products, newspapers and magazines upon production of a Young Scot NEC card.