The Co-op has exchanged contracts on a site in Pontarddulais which could see the community retailer return to the village.

With a history in Pontarddulais stretching back more than a century, the Co-op would lease the former King Hotel in St Teilo Street from the site’s owner, subject to planning approvals and consent.

It has been revealed that the convenience store will invest approximately £650,000 in the development of a new 2,500 sq.ft food store, creating between 15 and20 jobs.

The store would offer customer car parking, alongside its focus on fresh, healthy foods, Fairtrade produce, meal ideas, bakery, award winning wines and essentials.

John Hillman, Co-op Acquisition Manager, Wales, said: “We are delighted that an opportunity has come along for the Co-op to return to Pontarddulais.

"Our ambition is for our stores to be at the heart of local life, making a difference in the community.

"This new store - subject to approvals – would bring a new lease of life to this building, creating new jobs and further supporting our local suppliers and producers.

“The Co-op is investing in its people, stores, products, prices and communities – 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.

"We believe a strong Co-op can help to create a stronger community. Our members also make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”

The Co-op, whose history in Wales dates back to the mid-1800’s, won the title of Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards. This year it also unveiled a £50m 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.

Students and apprentices in Wales holding the NUS extra card also receive a 10 per cent discount off their groceries at the Co-op to support them during their studies.