A NEW Co-operative store opened its doors to local Sherston residents this week, following the purchase of the village Post Office in the High Street.

Colleagues and customers were joined by the chairman of Sherston Parish Council, Captain John Matthews, as they officially opened the store to the public.

The store will provide services including Post Office, dry-cleaning and PayPoint facilities.

It will undergo a second phase of refurbishment early next year.

Karl Everleigh, store manager at Co-operative Food, said: “Sherston has a very strong sense of community, which is something that’s really important to us as a Co-operative.”

Captain John Matthews, chairman of Sherston Parish Council, said: “Sherston Post Office Stores was a central part of our village and I’m confident that The Midcounties Co-operative Food will continue to maintain this sense of community with the new store.”