British Co-operative Group Co-op is set to open a ‘new, improved and larger’ store in the village of Penshaw in Sunderland, UK.

Scheduled to open on 10 June, the nearly 3,000ft² store is located on Coxgreen Road and will replace the retailer’s former store in the village.

Co-op said that the upgraded store is more than double the size of the former store and will operate fully on renewable electricity.

Among the products available at the store are bakery products, fresh products, everyday essentials, food-to-go, wines, ready meals, vegan and plant-based products, including its exclusive vegan range, GRO.

The store also features customer car parking, a free cash machine, a Fairtrade coffee machine, and Amazon parcel collection and Deliveroo grocery delivery services.

Penshaw Co-op also has a recycling unit where customers can recycle soft plastics, including crisp packets, bread bags, lids from ready meals and yoghurt pots, biscuit wrappers and pet food pouches.

The store also offers compostable carrier bags instead of single-use plastic bags.

Alongside the facilities, a funding boost will be provided locally through Co-op’s Membership programme.

The store is expected to create 15 local jobs.

Co-op Area manager Michelle Young said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to develop Penshaw’s new Co-op store.

“Our aim is to operate at the heart of local life, and we are looking forward to welcoming the community into their new Co-op.

“We have worked to create the range, choice, products and added services to create a really compelling offer to serve the community, conveniently.”

Last month, Co-op announced the trial of an external service hatch at its store on Lewes Road in Brighton, UK.

The hatch is intended to allow shoppers who are in a rush to collect orders placed online without needing to visit the store and queue.