A convenience store in the centre of town has shut for 10 days while a major shop refit takes place. One Stop at 8/10 Market Street closed on Sunday and will re-open to customers on Thursday August 17th. A notice posted in the shop window from the store manager David, states: “Your shiny new store is coming soon. We’re making some exciting changes. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.”
In addition to selling groceries, household cleaning products, tobacco, alcohol and newspapers and magazines, the retail store is also a central place in the town for residents to top up their pre-payable mobile phones, recharge electric meter keys and pay utility bills. The 10 day closure has led to customers requiring these services needing to look elsewhere and many are not well pleased. One Stop Community Stores Ltd is a retail convenience business with over 850 shops throughout England and Wales that are open seven days a week from early in the morning to late in the evening. Since 2003, the company has been a subsidiary of Tesco plc and although owned by Tesco operates as a separate company, selling its products at a higher price.