A CO-OP store is to reopen following a £500,000 makeover.

The new-look store on Warrington Road, Rainhill, will also bring a funding boost to community groups through its membership scheme.

This sees members receive a five per cent reward on the purchase of own-branded products and services, with a further one per cent going to good causes, which will include Rainhill’s Old People’s Luncheon Club.

The store will reopen on Friday, May 19 and will offer an in-store bakery, Costa coffee dispense, hot food, household and electrical items, alongside its focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

Store manager Rob Gainey said: “We are thrilled to have made such a significant investment in Rainhill – it is an exciting time for the whole team and we are looking forward to welcoming the community into their new-look store - the Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum and our ambition is to establish the store as a local hub, a real asset for the community.”

Dan Wood, Area Manager for the Co-op, added: “We want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. We are also giving back to the community. Our members can make a difference locally simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us, raising much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”

There will be offers and promotions in and around the new store to mark its relaunch.

Students in Rainhill with an NUS extra card will receive a 10 per cent discount off groceries.

See coop.co.uk/membership