Retired Leslie called back to work - but only to open up!

Leslie Greenwood (centre) with Janey Bentley and Clive Gregory cut the ribbon at the refurbished Coop, Mytholmroyd.
Leslie Greenwood (centre) with Janey Bentley and Clive Gregory cut the ribbon at the refurbished Coop, Mytholmroyd.

THE Co-op invited one of its oldest former workers to re-open the Mytholmroyd store after a revamp.

Leslie Greenwood, now in his late 80s, first joined the Co-operative in 1936 in Mytholmroyd.

He cut the ribbon watched by store manager Janet Bentley and another long-serving member and store supervisor Clive Gregory who has served 45 years.

Regional managers also attended and customers were encouraged to sample a range of Fair Trade products.

Mrs Bentley said: “We operate in the heart of the community and it’s important we continue to meet people’s needs and provide a welcoming environment in which to shop.

“Upgrading the store will freshen up the shopping experience and improve the vitality of Mytholmroyd, and I look forward to welcoming customers into the new-look store.”

The first Mytholmroyd Co-op dated back to 1895 and was known as the Mytholmroyd Industrial Society until 1967.

It then merged with the Co-op Retail Services until it shut in 1979.

The current Co-operative food store opened in 1999 and its refurbishment has included new fridges and freezers and more products.

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business and is owned by almost six million consumers.

Its interests cover food, financial services, farming and funeral services.

The group employs more than 110,000 people and has an annual turnover of £13.7bn.