Opening date revealed as new Guildford Co-op store creates 14 local jobs

A new Guildford High Street supermarket is set to open after significant investment.

A Co-op convenience store will fill a vacant space at Connaught House, 255 High Street, next to the G Live music venue.

Construction work has begun at the site, with the supermarket currently expected to open to the public on September 4.

The new shop will run on 100 per cent renewable electricity and has created 14 local jobs after a £570,000 investment, according to the supermarket chain.

Amit Tomar, Co-op’s store manager, said: We are delighted to have the opportunity to make such a significant investment in the area, and we are really looking forward to serving the community.”

It is set to become the fourth Co-op store in Guildford, with three others situated towards the west of the town in Madrid Road, Aldershot Road and Woodbridge Hill.

The new shop will stock Costa coffee 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, a Co-op spokesperson revealed.

According to the licensing application, the store is looking to open from 6am to 11pm, seven days a week – selling alcohol throughout.

CGI of the new Guildford store
(Image: Co-Op)

The new shop will give greater variety for shoppers at the top of the town. The nearest current alternative supermarket is Sainsbury’s, based in the middle of the High Street around a five-minute walk away.

The majority of new staff have now been recruited – although there is a job advert for a customer team member based in Guildford listed on the Co-op website. For more information and to apply click here.

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It is not clear if the position is at the new High Street store or another based at another store in the town.

There may be the opportunity to create further positions at the new store once it has opened depending on the level of trade, a spokesperson added.

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