THE new Churchstoke Shopping Centre was officially unveiled on Saturday, May 27.
Sam the Parrot was there celebrating the event with youngsters from the Montgomery Beavers group, representatives from Hope House Children’s Hospices and members of the community.
The bustling event featured a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon artists and a magician for the children, along with special offers like five litres of free fuel for customers spending £40 and deals on limited stock lines across grocery and seasonal products such as a barbecues and garden furniture.
Sam the parrot had extra cause to celebrate as he became the proud owner of a brand-new cage.
Vincent Sage, store manager, said: “This event was a fun way to welcome the community to our new-look shopping centre.
“It was particularly touching to see representatives from our charity partner Hope House Children’s Hospices, whose amazing work provides care and support for local life-limited children.
“All of us at the centre are looking forward to welcoming local shoppers and showing off the impressive range of produce we offer from our region’s farmers and producers, as well as our IIrresistible range, all helping to provide an extensive range of services for the community all under one roof.”
Hope House Children’s Hospices have been named as The Midcounties Co-operative’s official charity partner for the Shrewsbury area.
Since they started working together five-years-ago, the supermarket and its customers have supported the hospices with fundraising and donations from events including the Churchstoke annual fun day.
The celebration event followed Roy Delves, the former owner of Harry Tuffins, taking part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the £780,000 transformation of Churchstoke Shopping Centre by The Midcounties Co-operative, which purchased the site in 2012 as part of its acquisition of the Harry Tuffins Group.
At the heart of the 40,000square foot centre is a Midcounties Co-Operative Food supermarket, which sells around 400 food and drink products from 90 suppliers in the surrounding region as part of its Best of Our Counties range.
Visitors to the event were pleased to see a number of longstanding and much loved ranges – including a pound shop area, non–food section, a post office and petrol filling station – alongside new concessions M&Co clothing outlet and The Plant Centre and local favourites butcher Jamie Wards and Archie-Lilys Café.
Picture: Midcounties Co-operative colleagues with members from Hope House Children’s Hospices, the Montgomery Beavers, and Sam the parrot as Roy Delves cuts the ribbon.
Picture by Adam Fradgley