A LONG-awaited convenience store is set to open in Malpas on Friday following more than £1 million in investment.

The new-look Co-op, located at the former petrol station in Old Hall Street, Malpas, will run on 100 per cent renewable electricity, with an electric vehicle charging point on site and will support 17 jobs locally.

The store also includes customer car parking, bakery, Costa Coffee express and Amazon Click & Collect, alongside an enhanced focus on fresh, healthy products, meal ideas, sandwiches and food-to-go, ready meals, pizzas and every-day grocery essentials.

The store also includes energy efficient refrigeration , self-service tills for added ease, speed and convenience and a 'living wall' on the exterior of the building, designed to provide a valuable habitat for insects, birds and pollinators.

Michelle Winrow, Co-op manager, said she was excited to open the new store.

"The store has a great look – it has been a fantastic opportunity to carry out such a significant investment to serve the Malpas community," she said.

"Reducing our environmental impact is always a top priority and we have been able to build a number of features into our new store including our refrigeration, electric charging point and living wall that make a real difference.

"We are looking forward to welcoming customers into their new-look store – we have worked to develop the range, choice, products and services locally that will create a really compelling offer in the community."

Meanwhile Catrin Thomas, area manager, added: "Co-op is committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally and so I also want customers to know that they can become a member of the Co-op.

"In addition to unlocking additional value and personalised offers, our members also make a difference to local causes, with Co-op now donating 2p in every pound to community causes every time a member swipes their membership card when buying own-branded products.

"So by shopping at the Co-op our members are helping to make good things happen in our community."