A NEW Co-op is to open in the Bradford district later this week.

The purpose-built 2,800 sq ft store is on Bingley Road, in Saltaire, and has opening hours between 7am and 10pm daily.

The convenience retailer - which is set to support 16 local jobs, with new positions created - will open on Friday, September 22.

Saltaire’s new Co-op includes customer car parking, a free ATM to provide access to cash in the community, an in-store bakery, hot food and, a Costa coffee dispenser.

This sits alongside an extended and improved range of fresh, healthy products; meal ideas; everyday essentials; food-to-go; Fairtrade products, flowers, chilled beers and award-winning wines; ready meals, pizzas and, free-from; vegan and plant-based products – including Co-op’s exclusive vegan range, GRO.

Parcel collections are available from Amazon and DPD, along with the online delivery of groceries through Deliveroo; Just Eat and Uber Eats for added ease, speed and convenience locally.

The store is moving from its current premises, further up Bingley Road, into the new building.

Craig Watson, Co-op Store Manager, said: “The store looks fantastic and, we are delighted to now move into our new home and 'serve up' a brand new store for the community.

"The team is very excited, we have been looking forward to relocating and can’t wait to welcome our members and customers into their new and improved store.

"Our aim is to operate at the heart of local life. We have worked to develop the range, choice and added services to create a compelling offer to serve our community, conveniently - with a focus on delivering member value so that the people who own our business, our members, benefit every time they shop.”

Plans for the new store were approved by Bradford Council on the site of a car wash, which shut last year.

Demolition work to knock down Qasim’s Hand Car Wash building was completed in spring 2022.

Planning permission for the new Co-op store was granted by Bradford Council in September 2021. It was submitted by Eco Developments (Yorkshire).

Before it was approved, the proposal received a number of objections from residents and groups including Shipley Town Council, which claimed the store would undermine other Saltaire businesses.

Co-op was originally due to open the store this spring before the date was pushed back to June and then September.