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Pupils open new Chislehurst Co op

PUBLISHED: 16:38 20 December 2010

Pupils from Edgeley Primary School, join manager Alfred Kwatchwey at the opening

Pupils from Edgeley Primary School, join manager Alfred Kwatchwey at the opening

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A convenience store has opened on the site of a former British Legion.

The Co-operative Food was opened by schoolchildren from the nearby Edgeley Primary School last Thursday in the former Chislehurst Branch of the Royal British Legion in Green Lane.

The plans initially created a ‘frenzy’ of objections when they were reviewed by Bromley Council in June but residents and community groups were placated after the developers, Reef Estates, offered to provide help and funding to find a community space nearby.

In May and June council officers received petitions against the store of about 600 signatures and scores of online objections to the shop, which will be open from 7am to 10pm Monday to Sunday and cost £600,000 to renovate.

The new shop will create 22 new jobs for Chislehurst and the store hopes that the chain’s ethical approach will benefit shoppers.

Alfred Kwatchey, store manager, said: “We look forward to serving shoppers with the best in modern convenience retailing and to supporting the local community in the best traditions of the Co-operative,”

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