Co-op caps centennial year with grand re-opening


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December 2, 2014 9:00 AM

Staff and members celebrated the grand reopening of the Lloydminster and District Co-op Marketplace on Saturday. Above, from left, Leanne Hawes (VP of operations), Don Stephenson (CEO) and Dave Lever (food division manager) cut the ribbon at the grand re-opening.

The Lloydminster and District Co-op Marketplace celebrated their grand re-opening on Saturday and despite the chill, Leanne Hawes, vice president of operations, said it went well.

“We had a wonderful turnout despite the very cold weather we were experiencing on Saturday. We had a great show of support from membership to come out for the grand opening,” she said.

“We had a lot of events going on that day, we were giving away a grand prize of free groceries for a year, we had Santa on site to have free photos with the kids, we had coffee and donuts and cupcakes and we just really appreciate the support.”

The store just underwent some big renovations, expanding the bakery and deli areas as well as their warehouse. They will also be offering some new programs and services like their salad bar, hot food cases and a localize program that highlights how local your products are.

“There are definitely new products and services that we’re going to be offering, not only around this time, but throughout the year as far as getting into some new food offerings and continually bringing in new products,” said Hawes.

The whole thing took a little over a year and just over $4 million to complete and the store stayed open to the public for the duration of the project.

“We not only appreciate the support of folks coming out for our grand opening but also for the support that we garnered throughout the year as we were open the entire time during our renovations. There were definitely some inconveniences for our customers and staff alike while we kind of focused in on certain areas.”

Now that the renovations are complete members and customers can shop and check out the new features of the Marketplace hassle free.

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