SPAR Alston has benefited from a store refurbishment and the addition of new facilities including a butchery counter and fresh deli offering.

Serving the village since 2012, the forecourt site has remained open during the refurbishment, launching its newest facilities on Thursday 27th May.

The 3,000 sq. ft. SPAR store now offers a Graham Eyes High Class Butchers counter: a trusted North West family brand known for great produce and locally sourced meat. The counter offers a selection of loose and pre-packed produce, award winning sausages and delicious homemade ready meals.

The new deli counter features products from Clayton Park Bakery, a well-known North West brand, famous for supplying mouth-watering pies to football clubs including Liverpool FC and Everton FC. Clayton Park’s delicious pies will be available in the new Clayton Park Deli, alongside freshly baked bread, hot and cold deli produce and made-to-order sandwiches.

The new deli also includes Asian spiced produce from Bolton’s Fazila Foods, including samosas, curries and spiced sandwiches. Fazilas’ frozen range of samosas and pizzas are also available in the store.

In addition, the store also features SPAR’s freshly ground Fairtrade 100% Arabica coffee brand, Cheeky Coffee, F’Real milkshakes and a Tango Ice Blast machine.

Fiona Drummond, Company Owned Stores Director at James Hall & Co., SPAR wholesaler for the north of England, said “SPAR Alston has been a very popular store and we are delighted to be able to unveil this latest investment and increased offering for our customers.

“The coronavirus pandemic has encouraged customers to stay close to home and demand more from their local convenience store: James Hall & Co. introduced a Graham Eyes butchery counter to SPAR Maryport in January 2021 and we have had a fantastic response from customers, delighted that they can now pick up great fresh meat alongside their everyday SPAR essentials.

“We look forward to welcoming new and existing customers to enjoy SPAR Alston’s latest offering, with all relevant COVID-19 safety measures implemented across the site.”

The forecourt site has 10 Texaco fuel pumps, air and water, and a jet wash facility.

SPAR Alston is open 6am to 10pm, 7 days a week.