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Halesworth’s Central Co-op in Saxons Way has spent £1.7 million on improvements

A £1.7 million regeneration for a Suffolk Co-op has been completed, so customers can now enjoy the new-and-improved coffee shop and community space.

The Central Co-op in Saxons Way, Halesworth – near Southwold – has made changes based on feedback from the local community, including an improved layout to make it easier to shop. The toilets, car parking and outdoor customer seating have also been revamped.

A new Insomnia Coffee Shopis now open, replacing the old, smaller cafe.

Grand opening for revamped Co-op. Photo: Central England Co-op
Grand opening for revamped Co-op. Photo: Central England Co-op

Maureen Took, the much-loved team leader at the cafe who will be moving to the new space, said: “I’m excited to start a brand-new chapter with Insomnia, where we’ll continue to feed regulars and meet new people.

“I’m also delighted that we’re moving forward with our existing team, which has established such a great relationship with our community.”

The cafe will continue to sell Fair Trade coffee, along with snacks and cakes.

The community space has also been expanded with this regeneration, and can be booked by talking to staff at the cafe.

A Co-op spokesperson said the shop is dedicated to serving the communities around the stores, and will continue to listen to feedback on the Halesworth store.