THE Co-operative store in Princess Street has reopened after a £620,000 refit.

Improvements include a bakery, wine chiller cabinet, a dedicated section for world food and self scan tills.

The launch will also come as a relief to some customers who rely on the in-store Post Office which also temporarily closed.

Garry Richardson, who has just celebrated 40 years working for the shop, even donned a butler’s uniform to provide a touch of silver service to the celebration.

Operations manager Mike Clegg said: “Knutsford residents are passionate about their food and our new-look Co-operative food store will certainly reflect this.”

Coop’s charity for 2012 is Children’s Adventure Farm Trust and mascot Bobby was invited to Thursday’s ribbon cutting.

Julie Gray, community fundraiser for CAFT, added: “We are so grateful for their amazing support, their staff have worked so hard to raise funds for our charity and have already helped many terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over our region.”