A NEW store is set to open in Weymouth, bringing a jobs boost.

The Co-op is set to open a store on the site of the former Charlestown Garage on Chickerell Road in the autumn. The move represents investment of more than £500,000 and will create 15 jobs.

The 3,000 sq ft store is located in the heart of the community, and will have an in-store bakery, locally sourced products and a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials. It will open between 7am-10pm seven days a week, and will also offer an ATM.

Gareth Dexter, Acquisitions Manager for the Co-op in Dorset, said: “We’re looking forward to opening a new store in Weymouth. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to provide shoppers with our wide range of award-winning food, in a store designed to be easy to use for everyone.

“The new store will also bring a funding boost for community groups through the Co-op’s recently launched Membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community.”

Some of the local good causes currently being supported by stores include Portland Gig Rowing Club, The Lantern Trust, and Wyke Regis Pre-School.

Tony Hind, Head of New Store Development, added: “We’re committed to finding great locations for our new stores, we know people want to be able to buy high quality food near to where they live and work, in handy-sized shops that are open at convenient times. We opened 100 new stores last year and will open another 100 again this year and are always on the lookout for new sites where we can be at the heart of local life.”