Co-op facelift to be completed soon

THE CO-OP’S major face-lift is running on schedule, despite the continuing presence of an unsightly entrance to the store.

Manager of the Lerwick shop Don Wilson said that despite appearances the refurbishment will be completed by the end of this month.

Currently shoppers enter the store through a wooden shop-front, which has been put in place until a new glass façade can be delivered and installed.

The work on the Holmsgarth Road shop comes as part of a £2 million revamp to help it compete with retail giant Tesco, which opened for business in the former Somerfield premises in July.

Mr Wilson said there had been a delay in getting some of the materials up to Lerwick. However the revamp was still on schedule.

“The biggest changes have been done, and to finish off the process we need the glass work around the front. The wooden shed is just temporary.”

He said business had been “as normal” since Tesco opened and the refurbishment process got underway, despite the disruption customers faced.

The face-lift follows an exceptionally busy spell for the Co-op this summer between Somerfield closing and Tesco opening up.


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