A new Co-op convenience store is opening on the site of an old Hove pub on Friday (15 May).
Southern Co-operative has refurbished the old Atlas pub – previously known as the Stadium – and is creating jobs for 20 people in the area.
The store, in Old Shoreham Road, on the corner of Holmes Avenue, will be open seven days a week from 6am-11pm.
The Co-op said that the store would be supporting the local charity FareShare Sussex with a £500 donation.
FareShare redistributes surplus food to organisations that feed vulnerable groups in the Brighton, Hove and Worthing area.
The charity’s fundraising and communications manager Beth Parry will join store manager Peter Bowler for the official opening of the new store and to receive the £500 donation.
Last month the Southern Co-operative installed a food collection point for FareShare Sussex in its Sussex University store at the request of postgraduate student Cal Corkery, who works at the campus store.
Beth Parry said: “The continued support of the Southern Co-operative, through both their in-store food collection points and financial donations, enables us to reach more communities providing food to the most vulnerable in the area.
“This £500 donation will pay for the delivery of over 3,000 meals to community groups including hostels, day centres, lunch clubs and food banks.”
Southern Co-op’s sustainability director Gemma Lacey said: “It is important that we support those issues that matter to our local communities.
“The Southern Co-operative has provided funding support for food banks and added food collection points in our stores where this has been requested locally.
“This includes our stores in Eastbourne, Haywards Heath, Portsmouth, Chichester and the Isle of Wight, and we’re looking at the opportunity to install a food collection point at our new store in Old Shoreham Road.”
To donate to FareShare, visit justgiving.com/faresharesussex.
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