Residents in Newton have seen the old Clarence pub brought back into use once again with investment to create a fresh new store. The new One Stop Convenience store is stocked with a wide variety of items with special offers that change every fortnight. Another vital addition for the local community is a modern post office counter offering a great range of vital services for local people and also a ramp has been provided for disabled access.

The store was opened on Friday February 23rd with local councillors Hugh Roderick, Peter Robinson along with MP Jonathon Reynolds. Other special guests in attendance included vicar Sheila O’Flaherty along with John Miller, Head of One Stop Franchise and Vicki Patching Area Manager of the Post Office.

Millstream Animal Shelter was also raising funds to support their work with Tombola, Raffles and other activities. Fundraising was also taking place for Hyde’s Sandwich Angels at the event. There was live musical entertainment with a steel band too at the opening event.

Vinny and Mitesh Parekh, who have 6 other stores in the area hope the store will become a useful resource for those in the local community. The area manager responsible for their stores, Alison Sheil said: “We are proud to bring life back into the Clarence with our brand-new store that can be a lifeline for many in the community. The store manager Anne and her team look forward to serving the local neighbourhood.”