A new-look is set for Beith’s Co-op as an £868,000 makeover is revealed with an official re-opening.

The event at the Medine Avenue store is scheduled for Friday, October 27 and it focuses on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

A Costa Coffee point, hot food and self-service tills are also included in the upgrade to the Garnock Valley store.

This will introduce a funding boost for local community groups through its new membership scheme.

Community groups in the area which have already benefited include 2nd Kilbirnie Brownies, Beith Playpark Action Group and Kilbirnie and Glengarnock Age Concern.

Frank Grant, Beith Co-op’s store manager, said: “We are delighted to have made such a significant investment in our Beith store, it has a great new look and we are looking forward to serving the community. The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum and our ambition is to establish the store as a local hub for the town – it is an exciting time for the whole team.”

Kate Graham, Co-op regional manager, added: “The return to our ‘clover leaf’ design logo – first used in the 1960’s - aims to re-establish the Co-op as a centre for the community, and we want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. We are also giving back to the community. Our members have an opportunity to make a difference locally and simply by using their membership card when they shop with us they will raise much needed funding for organisations who contribute to improving local life.”