Work is under way to fit out a Co-op convenience store in a Chester suburb in an investment worth £800,000.

The 2,000 sq ft outlet will be located in the former Jewson’s showroom, Christleton Road, Boughton.

Jewson will continue to operate in its rear unit.

Co-op, which is recruiting 20 new retail staff, is working towards a spring 2017 opening.

A Co-op spokesperson said: “We are delighted to be making such a significant investment in Boughton. The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum, the move will create jobs and deliver a compelling shopping experience locally in order to better serve the community.

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

“We are also giving back to the community. Our members have an opportunity to make a difference locally simply by using their membership card when they shop with us and raise much needed funding for organisations who contribute to improving local life.”

The Co-op will also appoint a community pioneer, a member of the food store team working to foster involvement in community activities; from local fundraising to working with charities, schools and voluntary organisations.

The Co-op aims to start work on converting the former Elms Medical Centre in Hoole into a convenience store before the end of this year

Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, the Co-op has now had final approval from the local authority to convert the former Elms Medical Centre in Hoole into a store after gaining change-of-use planning consent in February 2015. Construction work could start before the end of this year.

Both the Hoole and Boughton sites were originally targeted by Tesco but the retail giant withdrew following a nationwide review of its operations.

Co-op has also revealed its plans for serving Hoole as part of the investment in the brand new Hoole Road facility.

The existing Faulkner Street shop will close early in the new year where Italian restaurant La Fattoria has ambitions to open its second Chester eatery and is awaiting a decision on a change-of-use planning application.

And the Co-op’s Walker Street store is expected to continue to serve the community until the new Co-op opens on a date as yet unknown.

The Hoole Co-op stores in Faulkner Street and Walker Street, which are due to close