Marjon Stores, a new community shop based on the Plymouth Marjon University campus, held a launch event this week to celebrate its grand opening.
The shop, accessible to students, staff and the local community, was declared open by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Sue Dann, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Rob Warner.
The new shop stocks Co-op products, with its range covering fresh and frozen foods, vegan and vegetarian products, toiletries and household cleaning items. The Store also stocks on-tap hot coffee from the environmentally friendly Smokin’ Bean company, fresh fruit juice, and hot foods from Rollover Hotdogs.
The grand opening event kicked off with speeches by the Lord Mayor and Vice-Chancellor, before the ribbon was cut and the Store was declared open.
Professor Rob Warner, Vice-Chancellor at Marjon, said “Marjon is here for the public good. I hope that our neighbours will be able to enjoy and use the new shop. This is a giant leap forward in bringing our local community into Marjon.”
Children from the local Oakwood Primary Academy in Southway attended and sang a variety of carols for attendees, with the Lord Mayor even joining them for a special rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ before the children received Christmas gifts from Vice Chancellor Rob Warner.
Members of the Marjon and local communities jumped at the chance to join in this community-based event, which was clear in the shop’s foot traffic throughout the day.
The University hopes the new store will offer a more local food and essentials retail option for its neighbouring communities in Derriford and Glenholt and help to reduce the number of short car journeys in the north of the city.
Marjon Stores is open from 8 am to 10 pm every day and can be accessed to the right of the main university entrance. The shop has two regular and two self-service checkouts, four free* parking bays directly outside, and an Amazon locker and post box right near the entrance.
Find out more about Marjon Stores here.
*free parking for up to 30 minutes