Co-op supermarket has confirmed that it’s new Torquay store will open in Torwood Street on Friday December 4 – even though the rest of the £35m development will not now be completed until early in 2021.

The 2,500 sq ft store is located in one of four units beneath the seven storey Hampton by Hilton hotel and office block

The food chain is investing £615,000 in fitting out the store which will create 14 local jobs in the long awaited development.

The new Co-op store will have a “great look and feel” a spokesman said: “The store will run on 100 per cent renewable electricity, and include: a bakery, hot food and Costa coffee express alongside a focus on fresh, healthy produce, award winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, free-from and vegan products, Fairtrade, food-to-go and, everyday essentials.”

Neil Forbes, Co-op Area Manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to make such a significant investment in Torquay. The store will have a great look and feel, and we are working to develop the range, choice, products and services locally that will create a really compelling offer to serve the community, conveniently.

“We are pleased to form part of such an exciting new development, and we are looking forward to opening and, serving the community, from our newest store.

Giant palm outside new Hampton Hilton hotel in Torwood Street, Torquay

“We are committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally, and to operating at the heart of local life.

“That is why we also want customers to know that they can become a Member of their Co-op, and that they can make a difference to local causes every time they swipe their Membership card when buying own branded products.”

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The Torwood Street development has risen up out of an area which has been a blot on the landscape near the harbour ever since a huge blaze in 1976.

The fire destroyed a giant furniture warehouse and left a gaping chasm between Torwood Street and The Terrace above.

For decades the eyesore hole in the ground behind the shops was used as a car park. More than ten years ago the THAT group began its fight for planning permission with a vision of creating a mixed development including a luxury hotel, shops, offices, bars and restaurants.





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