Countryside's St Luke's Park celebrates opening of new Co-op

St Luke's Park co-op launch

Co-op has opened a new convenience store in Countryside’s St Luke’s Park development, Wickford, following a £710,000 investment from the supermarket chain, which will bring up to 11 jobs to the local community.

The new 2,056 sq ft store runs on 100% renewable energy and is open from 7am-10pm, seven days a week. Shoppers from the development and local area will be able to stock up on their everyday essentials and find new favourites with a wide range of fresh produce.

To celebrate the store’s opening, the Mayor of Chelmsford, Jude Deakin, cut the ribbon, while the store hosted a mini fete with family activities, games and prizes to meet and welcome their new neighbours. Local football team Runwell FC, also joined in the fun and scored a donation of £803 from Co-op to fund new football barriers and balls. 

The opening of the new store marks the completion of St Luke’s Park village-style community centre, which is also anticipated to offer a new coffee shop later this year.

Chris Bladon, Managing Director, at Countryside Eastern Home Counties said: “We are delighted to welcome the Co-op to St Luke’s Park and mark yet another exciting milestone at the development. We are committed to providing residents and the wider community with first class amenities, alongside the new homes we are building here, and it’s wonderful to see this thriving neighbourhood flourish.”

Mel Pascoe, Co-op Store Manager, said: “We’re really excited to launch the new Co-op store in St Luke’s Park, Wickford. The store has a fantastic modern look and a great range of products – the team and I are very much looking forward to serving the local community.”

Aron Playford, Co-op Area Manager, added: “Co-op is committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally. We have worked hard to develop a store with range, choice, products and services that create a really compelling offer and help us meet the needs of customers and members in St Luke’s Park.”

St Luke’s Park is Countryside’s 575-home development in Runwell, Essex – which will include a much-needed shop, café and community amenities for residents and locals in the area, as well as a new 210-place primary school and adjoining 56-place nursery for families.