A NEW eco-friendly supermarket is coming to Bourton-on-the-Water, which will feature renewable energy to help power the store, as well energy efficient technologies.

The new 14,517 sq. ft. Midcounties Co-operative Food store on Station Road, which will create 34 new jobs, will open on Friday October 13, following a £4.9 million investment.

The supermarket has been constructed with environmental sustainability in mind.

It features discreet solar panels on the roof to provide around 33,000kwh a year of energy – enough to power almost three households per year.

In addition, the store’s water will be heated using warmth generated by the main refrigeration units, and low-energy LED lighting will be used throughout.

The new store will also have four free electric car charge points in the customer car park, which has 100 spaces.

The new store will stock more than 800 products made in Gloucestershire and the neighbouring counties as part of the Society’s Best of Our Counties range, which supports local producers – reducing food miles in the process.

It will also include a fresh fish and delicatessen counter featuring locally-produced cheeses, pies and cooked meats, an olive bar, and an artisan bread bakery.

Andy Bartlett, store manager, said: “As a Co-operative, sustainability is extremely important to us and we strive to be as environmentally responsible as possible at all of our sites.

“The Bourton store has been carefully designed to have a very low carbon footprint, with features like the solar panels and low-energy lighting.

“Now the store is near completion, we can’t wait to open the doors and welcome people.”