A NEW £1.3million food store has been officially opened in Burgh le Marsh.
Lincolnshire Co-operative has celebrated the opening of its latest 3,000 sq ft food store with two community causes benefiting from a £300 grant each.
The store, which stocks local produce such as Bateman's beer and Lymn Bank cheddar, has created 12 jobs.
All the 20,000 bricks used to build the outlet were reclaimed from the original Maltings building which stood on the site, used in recent years as a petrol station and garage.
Recycling these bricks, and the roof tiles, has significantly lessened the environmental impact of the development as both materials use lots of energy to produce.
Chief executive of Lincolnshire Co-op Ursula Lidbetter said: "We're delighted to be opening this new store in Burgh le Marsh. We're particularly pleased with the look of the building – by recycling the bricks and the roof tiles from the former Maltings we've helped save energy but also made sure that the outlet fits in with the local area."
Community groups which benefited from donations of £300 each at the opening on Monday were Burgh le Marsh Five Sailed Windmill and Heritage Centre and Louth and District Hospice.
Mrs Lidbetter added: "Lincolnshire Co-op is a different type of business. As a co-op, we're owned by our members, more than 210,000 local people. They share the profits through dividend, through new and improved services – like this store – and through the support we offer the local community, such as the grants to the groups at our opening ceremony.
"We hope lots of people in Burgh le Marsh will take up the chance to join the Society."
The outlet in Burgh le Marsh is Lincolnshire Co-operative's 75th foodstore across the trading area, which includes branches in Spilsby, Alford, Chapel St Leonards and Roman Bank, in Skegness.