Beith’s new-look Co-op launched last week following a landmark £868,000 makeover.

The store, on Medine Avenue, has a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials. It is also set to have a Costa Coffee point, hot food and self-service tills to reduce service times.

A new-look for the Co-op will bring a funding boost for local community groups through its new membership scheme. Members receive a 5 per cent reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1 per cent going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community.

Community groups in the area which have already benefitted 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.”