New Co-op in Ebbsfleet

A new Co-op convenience store has opened in Ebbsfleet Garden City, becoming the first retailer to arrive in the region.

It opened in July at Ebbsfleet Green (Weldon) and is based at housebuilder Redrow’s development, featuring food and drink items and a free-to-use cash machine.

A second store will be opening in the new village centre in Castle Hill in Eastern Quarry, and will take one of five retail units created by developers Newcrest.

Newcrest agreed a joint venture with Land Securities to develop the retail provision in the area, which will also feature 46 shared ownership apartments and ten townhouses due to be completed by the end of the year.

Craig Smith, regional acquisitions manager for Co-op, said: “We’re looking forward to opening a new store in Castle Hill. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to provide shoppers with our wide range of award-winning food.”