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Co-op in the community - Dalgety Bay

March 16, 2016

Situated on the Firth of Forth, around six miles from Dunfermline, Dalgety Bay is a busy commuter town of around 10,000 people. Before our store opened, there wasn’t much choice available in the area and we thought people would benefit from the wide range of products and community support we could offer.

A shop for the community

We’re really proud of our award-winning food and we’re also proud to sell products from local suppliers. Dalgety Bay stocks a range of bread, pies and cakes from Stephens, a popular bakery based close to the store.

Working with local people

We think it’s important to keep people informed of what’s going on well before we’ve even started any building work. Our Construction and Retail Operations teams kept in touch with the local community throughout, answering questions and keeping them informed of progress.

They also built a good relationship with community groups like the local bowling club, holding team meetings in the clubhouse and donating £500 toward new equipment.

Outcome

The store opened in November. It’s trading well and has become a real community asset. As the majority of the colleagues live less than three miles from work, they have been able to maintain and grow relationships with local community groups.

Ewen Chrisholm, Sales Director at Stephens Bakery, commented:

 
“It’s great that a national business like The Co-op recognises the importance of providing the people of Dalgety Bay with products they know and love. As a community retailer, it’s also fantastic that they are working closely with local businesses to help them flourish and grow. The store has been a great success and there is a real feeling within the community that The Co-op has had a positive impact on the area.”

Leona Tabb, colleague at our Dalgety Bay store, said:

 
“I was out of work for quite a few months and couldn’t find anything suitable in the local area. My local community resourcing centre got me an interview for The Co-op and I got a call back on the same day to tell me I’d got the job. I’ve been working here for a few months now; the training has been good and I’ve learnt a lot of valuable skills.”
 

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