A SOUTHAMPTON convenience store is set to reopen after a major revamp.

The Co-Op in Shirley Road will throw open its doors next week, following its £690,000 redevelopment.

The store, which is kitted out with a ready-to-go hot food area, a Costa Coffee machine, and an in-store bakery, will officially reopen on June 13.

Lee Duckett, store manager, said: “We are delighted to be undertaking such a significant investment in the area and we’re confident that the improvements will help us to better serve the community.

"It’s an exciting time for the whole team.”

Martin Sanger, area manager, said: “The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum.

"Our ambition is to ensure the store is a local hub, a real asset for the community.

“We also want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op.

"Our members make a difference locally and simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in their area who contribute to improving local life.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch.

The community retailer has also unveiled a price investment programme to cut the cost of everyday essentials including fruit, vegetables, bread and fresh meat.

Bosses say the store also brings a funding boost locally through Co-op’s Membership scheme – members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-brand products and services, with Co-op donating a further 1% to good causes.

Causes in the area currently benefitting include: 424 Squadron Air Training Corps, Oasis Down to Earth Farm and Team Solent Sharks Wheelchair Rugby Club – with Co-op members able to choose which group they would like to support online.