The great and good of Glastonbury helped launch the town’s brand new Countrywide Farmers Store at a special opening event on Thursday 30th January.
Britain’s Olympic para-equestrian Deb Criddle, born in Somerset, and Exeter Chiefs Star Ben Moon celebrated with the local rural community and Countrywide staff as the Mayor of Glastonbury, Susan Thurgood, declared the store officially ‘open for business’.
Steve Collard, Countrywide Stores Director said, “We are delighted to open this new store in Glastonbury. This has been a long anticipated move for Countrywide Farmers and means customers in Somerset’s rural community will have better access to our leading range of products and services.
“From the stores design and layout to the items that it stocks, it has been shaped to meet the needs of this rural community. I would like to thank everyone involved for how hard they have worked to make this project a success.”
Split level design
The split level store has been specially designed to ensure the focus is on agriculture, equestrian, clothing and pet products. Customers can also use in-store, on-line kiosks to browse and order from an extra 14,000 product lines, while still benefitting from one-on-one expert advice from in-store staff.
A Sales Office has been included for farming, smallholder and equestrian customers to meet with Countrywide specialists: including qualified agronomists, nutritionists, animal health experts and the area’s business Sales Managers, who will split their time between working in store and out and about with customers. The office provides a dedicated area for customers who want advice or to discuss bulk deal pricing.
Qualified in store pet and equine specialists will be on hand at all times to advise on the best choice of product, including feed and animal health medicines.
To mark the opening event, customers were treated to some stunning deals and discounts. Countrywide will continue this theme by offering special offers across a wide range of products throughout the store during the next 3 months.
Tracey Lockyer, Store Manager, who has been with Countywide for over 8 years and lives and farms within the Glastonbury area, said “It has been a great evening, we have been working hard on getting the store into shape and it looks fantastic – I just can’t wait to welcome customers through the door to see what we have to offer,” says Tracey. “It’s all here for farmers, smallholders, pet owners and equestrians – we also have clothing and a wide range of accessories. And now customers can order anything they need in store using our on-line kiosk, which has multiple delivery options available – and still benefit from our one-to-one advice.
“We have a great team at Glastonbury ready to work with customers and look after all their rural requirements!”
The new Countrywide store for Glastonbury is located on Wirral Retail Park, Wirral Park Road, Glastonbury (near the Orchard Veterinary Group) and is open from 8.30am 28th January 2014.
The official opening took place at 6pm on Thursday the 30th January 2014.