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Co-op opens pop-up shop in Upchurch after fire

Villagers left without their local supermarket after a fire have been saved by a pop-up shop.

The Co-op store in Upchurch burst into flames at around 10pm on Monday, April 29.

Smoke damaged on the inside and left with shattered windows and ruined shutters, it has been forced to close for the foreseeable future.

The pop-up shop stocks basics and tobacco
The pop-up shop stocks basics and tobacco

However, Co-op managers have set up a trailer in a yard next door to the ruined shop to provide necessities such as bread and milk and sandwiches as well as tobacco products.

Despite there being a Costcutter and Post Office to the left of the shop, residents were worried elderly residents would stuggle to get hold of basics.

Whether or not the temporary shop would stock pickled onion flavour Monster Munch was among the top concerns shared by residents on Facebook.

Inside the shop after the fire

It is not currently known how the fire at the store began but Kent Fire and Rescue officers have determined the blaze broke out in the tobacco cabinet behind the counter.

A Co-op spokesperson, said: "An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire. The store will remained closed during this time. However, we will be operating a pop-up shop to ensure that we continue to serve the local community.

"Alternatively, the nearest Co-op is at 37 High Street in Newington or 22 Parkwood Green in Rainham."

The mobile kiosk is open each day from 8am until 8pm.

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