SHOPPERS in West Linton are being welcomed back to the Co-op this week following a major makeover.

And bosses are inviting all of them to become co-owners of the Main Street store.

The supermarket was closed to allow for a £380,000 refit.

And the new-look interior was unveiled yesterday (Thursday).

Michael McGuiness, area manager for the Co-op, wants villagers to become even more involved with their local store - by becoming owners.

He said: "We are delighted to have made such a significant investment in our West Linton store - it’s an exciting time for the whole team.

"The return to our ‘clover leaf’ design logo – first used in the 1960s - 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."

The new Main Street store now has a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

A new-look for the Co-op will also bring a funding boost for local community groups through its new Membership scheme.

Members receive a five percent reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further one percent going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community.

Community groups in the area which have already benefitted include Newlands and Kirkurd Playgroup, West Linton Early Learners and West Linton Tea ‘n’ Tots.

Mr McGuiness added: "Our members have an opportunity to make a difference locally and by using their membership card when they shop with us they will raise much needed funding for groups and organisations who contribute to improving local life.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the new-look store to mark its re-launch.

And, students in the area who hold a Young Scot card will receive a 10 per cent discount off their groceries.