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New Southwater Co-op shortlisted for Best New Store Award

Welcome Southwater, which opened in January 2019, has been shortlisted for Best New Store in the awards which are run by a market-leading magazine for retailers, Convenience Store.
The award had an in-depth three stage judging process looking at entries from retailers across the country and winners will be announced at an award ceremony in May.

The successful Southwater store showcases Southern Co-op’s Welcome franchise brand which includes renowned Co-op own-label products that offers choice, quality and ethical standards.
The 2,600 sqft store, in Worthing Road, was transformed from a previous car showroom which was moved to other connecting premises.
Owner and franchisee Visvanathan Ragunathan said: “They love the quality and ethical stance of the Co-op and already our fresh food sales are exceeding our expectations. We would also like to say special thanks to the Franchise team at Southern Co-op for the extraordinary support during our opening weeks, we couldn’t have done better without them.”
Southern Co-op now has 34 franchise stores operating under the ‘Welcome’ fascia across the south of England.
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