The Co-op in Llandovery is undergoing a near £1million eight week programme of works to transform the store to better serve the community.

The store has created five new jobs, now employing more than 30 full and part time colleagues.

The High Street store – which is more than 10,000 sq.ft – remains open throughout the works, and will re-launch on Friday, July 6.

The new-look store will serve-up an enhanced offer of hot food, a Costa coffee dispenser, homeware, an entertainment section, and an enhanced in-store bakery, alongside its focus on fresh healthy foods, meal ideas, award winning wines and essentials.

The store also brings a funding boost for local causes through its Membership scheme - Members receive a five per cent reward on the purchase of own-brand products and services, with the Co-op donating a further one per cent to local causes.

Causes currently benefitting include Cylch Meithrin Tre Ficer Llandovery, Glasallt Fawr Camphill Centre and the Llandovery Youth and Community Centre.

Gethin Adams, Co-op Store Manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to carry out such a significant investment in Llandovery.

"We would like to thank our customers for their understanding during the works, it will look like a brand-new store.

"We are working hard to ensure the store is a real asset locally, with the improvements enabling us to better serve our community.”

Edd Howe, Co-op Regional Manager, added: “We are investing in our people, stores, products, prices and communities. Our aim is for our store to be at the heart of local life, bringing communities together and offering great quality products, when and where our members and customers need them.

“We also want customers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. And, that we are also giving back to the community.

"Our members make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they raise much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”

The Co-op – which won the title of Convenience Retailer of the Year at the latest Retail Industry Awards – this year unveiled a £50million price investment programme to cut the cost of everyday essentials including fruit, vegetables, bread, fresh meat and ready meals, as well as household brand names.

There will be offers and promotions in and around the new-look store to mark its re-launch.