Former pub converted into community supermarket

A REDUNDANT Black Country pub has been transformed into a community supermarket creating 19 jobs in the process.

The former Wagon and Horses in Tividale, near Dudley has been converted by the Midcounties Co-operative into a 2,500 sq ft supermarket following a £500,000 investment.

It has a free, adjacent car park and in-store bakery’. Last month the Midcounties Co-op unveiled a new store in Bloxwich, near Walsall, following a £1m conversion of the former Knave of Hearts pub which created 23 jobs.

Store manager Duncan Ikin said: “Our opening day was amazing. There was a real buzz about the place and customers were very complimentary.

“Several said the area needed a modern, quality convenience store. We are delighted to be here.

“We are always looking at opportunities to provide a quality service to local communities and we want to build close links with people and organisations in the areas we serve.”

Midcounties Co-op said the site had been chosen because of its main road location and accessibility to homes and schools.

It was officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of Sandwell Cllr Joyce Underhill and the first 50 customers through the door also enjoyed a free ‘Fairtrade’ goody bag containing tea, coffee, biscuits and chocolate.

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