RESIDENTS on The Kingsmere Estate can now shop at its first convenience store as Midcounties Co-operative Food opened its brand new branch.

Colleagues from the new store, which had a £550,000 investment, were joined by pupils at local primary school, St. Edburg’s, last Thursday to officially cut the ribbon and welcome shoppers through the doors.

The opening, which was highly anticipated in the local area, saw modern store features including energy-saving refrigerators and LED lighting to reduce energy usage.

ALSO READ: Bicester community comes together to keep nature park clean

Bicester Advertiser:

Midcounties Co-operative offers residents a wide range of grocery essentials for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a food-to-go offering.

It also has other services including a Hermes Parcel service, National Lottery and pay point.

Customers can grab a coffee while shopping at the Costa Coffee machine and receive expert guidance from manager and qualified wine expert ,Warren Cherrett, on matching the perfect bottle to every occasion.

A wide selection of locally-sourced food and drink will also be available as part of the store’s 'Best of our Counties' range, which champions more than 2,500 products made locally in the counties the Society trades in.

The new Kingsmere store will stock 130 lines from 34 suppliers, including the Oxford Cheese Company, organic dairy farm Jess’s Ladies, hot sauce supplier Tubby Tom’s and a range of alcohol from Cotswold Distillery.

Bicester Advertiser:

ALSO READ: Co-op food shop in Kidlington reopens after revamp

Warren Cherrett, store manager at The Midcounties Co-operative Food store in Kingsmere, said: “It was great to see so many local people join us on Thursday for the opening.

“At The Midcounties Co-operative, we’re always looking at ways we can involve the local community in our events and partnering with St. Edburg’s provided a great atmosphere on the day.

Bicester Advertiser:

“The children did a fantastic job of welcoming shoppers through the door and we’re looking forward to getting to know more local Kingsmere residents in the coming weeks.”

The Midcounties Co-operative has headquarters in Warwickshire, with trading outlets in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties.