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Codicote retailer celebrates 175th birthday with a new look

Following major investment, a new-look Costcutter store has opened its doors on High Street, Codicote just in time to celebrate its 175th birthday.

The 1600 sq. ft Costcutter store has been completely refurbished, having previously been a Mace, and will offer Codicote and the surrounding areas an expanded convenience range, including a greater selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, hot food to go, coffee to go, an in-store bakery, gluten free products and a delicatessen counter serving cheese and meats.

Costcutter store owner Josie Chamberlin is the fifth generation of her family to own the store in Codicote. Seeing an opportunity to further develop her offer for the local residents, Josie has now added even more lines to the store.

Josie said: “This has been a major investment for us and has allowed us to offer so much more to the local community including hot food to go, a gluten free range and fresh fish, something that the village has been missing for some time. I’m confident that we can now offer customers full meal options as well as everyday convenience items.”

Alongside the extended convenience offering and new refrigeration, the instore Post Office has two new counters enabling opening hours to be twice as long. Josie has also extended her alcohol selection with wines from around the world, traditional ales, beers and lagers and is looking to organise regular wine tasting events, wine quizzes and even start a wine club.

To celebrate the refit and the store’s landmark birthday, Josie invited customers to a day of fun which included fizz and cakes as well as a candy floss machine with all profits going to Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity which Josie regularly supports.
“It’s always great to give something back” said Josie. “This shop has been in my family for generations and it’s a charity close to our hearts so I’m always looking for ways to raise money for it”.

The refit of the Costcutter store in Codicote took four weeks. The store remained open with a limited offering during the refurbishment to ensure locals could still shop.

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