A VILLAGE shop has re-opened sporting a new look after being closed for seven weeks.

Great Bardfield’s Co-op celebrated its grand re-opening today after a seven-week programme of works and improvements, promising to deliver several enhancements for villagers.

Year 6 pupils from Great Bardfield Primary School joined the team to cut the ribbon.

The store’s manager, Daniel Powell, said the shop in St John’s Terrace, Brook Street, has been “transformed” with a new look.

Braintree and Witham Times: Manager - Daniel PowellManager - Daniel Powell (Image: Co-op)

“We are really looking forward to welcoming members and customers back into their Co-op,” he said.

“We’ve worked to develop the range, choice and added services to create a compelling offer to serve and support our community, conveniently.

“This includes a focus on delivering member value so that the people who own our business, our members, benefit every time they shop.”

Braintree and Witham Times: Shop - Great Bardfield Co-opShop - Great Bardfield Co-op (Image: Co-op)

Braintree and Witham Times: Inside - the shop is well stockedInside - the shop is well stocked (Image: Co-op)

The 1,500 sq ft store provides 17 jobs in the village and offers an in-store bakery, a wide range of essentials, and Amazon parcel collection services.

The renovation aligns with Co-op's broader initiatives, including a £70million investment in pricing, its largest-ever single investment, extending member-only pricing to everyday essentials.

Shoppers can learn about the benefits of Co-op membership, including personalised offers through an exclusive app, at coop.co.uk/membership.