LOCAL schoolchildren have helped the Co-op open its new £1.5m food store in Conon.
The new outlet, a stone’s throw from Ben Wyvis Primary, has created jobs for 19 people.
The new store, situated on School Road, features an in-store bakery and promises a focus on "fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, hot food and essentials".
It also boasts the Co-op’s iconic new blue clover-leaf branding and will bring a funding boost to local community groups through the Co-op’s new membership scheme.
Co-op members receive a five per cent reward on purchases of Co-op own-branded products and services, with a further one per cent going to local causes to make a difference in the community.
Store manager, Trina Murray, said: "The Co-op is committed to transforming and growing its convenience business and we are delighted to be making such a significant investment in Conon Bridge – the new store looks great and it really is an exciting time for the whole team."
Daniel Simpson, Co-op area manager, added: "The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum. The return to our ‘clover leaf’ design logo – first used in the 1960s – aims to re-establish the Co-op as a centre for the community, and 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 have an opportunity to make a difference locally simply by using their membership card when they shop with us and raise much needed funding for organisations who contribute to improving local life."
Students in Conon Bridge who hold a Young Scot card will receive a 10 per cent discount off their groceries in the store.
Staff will also be giving local schoolchildren origami hearts to give to their mothers and care givers ahead of Mother’s Day which takes place on Sunday, March 26.