Range of businesses preparing to open their doors to community
Published on: 10 Jul 2015
by Rebecca Day
A food store, charity shop, fish and chip shop and nursery are all confirmed to be opening in Cheswick Village over the coming months.
Dates are still to be announced for the opening of the Harry Nuttall fish and chip shop and Barnardo’s charity store. But the Southern Co-operative, which is to have a post office, will open its doors on July 22, and Happy Days Nursery on September 1.
The Southern Co-op is creating 15 jobs for local people, and will be open from 7am-11pm.
Sophie Boxall, a spokesperson from the supermarket, said: “In addition to a bespoke range of produce, ready meals and an instore bakery, the store will include a Paypoint, lottery and free-to-use ATM plus a post office counter service open throughout the store’s opening hours.
“This will offer general postage and parcel services, mail redirection and bank services.”
The store opening is the latest for the independent regional retailer, whose nearest stores to Cheswick Village include Stoke Gifford, Two Mile Hill Road and Church Road.
Happy Days nursery will be catering for 82 children, aged up to five years. Established in Cornwall, Happy Days also has a nursery in Bradley Stoke, which launched in January this year.
Operations development manager Nicola Brooks says she has already been inundated with booking requests for the Cheswick nursery.
Ms Brooks said: “We were wanting to expand the business, with a particular focus on Bristol, and we thought Cheswick would be an ideal spot because of families moving to the area, plus high employment rates. We provide high quality childcare in a unique environment, and we’ve already had a huge amount of interest, with bookings being made up until April next year.”
Barnardo’s is currently recruiting a team of volunteers to work at the Cheswick store, with the charity's nearby shop in Gloucester Road North providing taster sessions. Barnardo’s Filton manager Zoe Carter said: “People are sometimes unaware of what goes on behind the scenes of a modern charity shop, so we hope these sessions will give them the chance to learn more about what we do and how they might be able to help. Duties include sorting and pricing donations, steam cleaning the garments, serving customers, arranging displays and signing up new customers to gift aid.
"It will be a fun and informal way for potential volunteers to have a go at some of the tasks and then decide if they’d like to return on a regular basis.
“The sessions are aimed at recruiting people for the new shop in Cheswick Village but we’d also be delighted with help at our own shop.”
Filtonvoice understands that the Henry Nuttall fish and chip shop will have seating and an alcohol license.
There are 11 units which still remain unoccupied, but plans suggest that these could be a pub or restaurant, coffee shops, doctors’ surgery, fitness centre, a hair salon and estate agents.
For information about Happy Days Nursery, email nicolabrookes@happydays nurseries.com. For more about volunteering with Barnardo's, contact Zoe on 0117 931 1928.