Doncaster retailer opens second store to support community

Doncaster retailer Kopi Kalanathan has opened a new Costcutter store, on Tadcaster Road, to further support the local community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kalanathan, who also owns a Costcutter store at Station Retail Park in Kirk Sandall in Doncaster, brought forward the opening of the 2,600sq ft store to ensure local shoppers have access to essential items they need during this challenging time.

The store offers a range of everyday items, including store cupboard staples, fresh and frozen goods and beer, wines and spirits. The shop will also offer a slush station, vape store, Payzone and self-service checkouts.

Kalanathan has implemented a range of measures to support shoppers visiting his stores in these unprecedented times. Hand washing stations have been introduced outside both his stores and social distancing guidance is in place via a one-way system inside both stores and signage and floor stickers help shoppers keep a safe distance apart.

The retailer is also offering free delivery for the vulnerable and NHS workers across both stores, as well as offering nurses, ambulance staff and police officers free coffee, breakfast and lunch. He will also be reserving essential stock for local nursing homes to ensure elderly residents can place orders for vital items.

Kalanathan said: “Now more than ever, I want to support our local community to ensure they have everything they need at this challenging time. This is why we have introduced services such as home delivery and brought forward the opening of our new Tadcaster Road store. There are some finishing touches we will complete after this crisis, such as installing the new fascia, but I’m proud the shopfitting team worked quickly and safely to help us open, so that shoppers have local access to the essential items they need.

“The measures we have introduced across stores are designed to help keep our staff and shoppers safe, as well as supporting those that aren’t able to visit in person or are busy delivering critical services for our community.”

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