A NEW Kilmacolm convenience store will be a corker – thanks to the installation of a dedicated champagne cooler.

Bosses at the Co-op are keen on installing a fizz-only fridge in their new village shop, which is currently under construction at ‘the Cross’ on Lochwinnoch Road on the site of the former Kilmacolm Institute building.

Local councillor David Wilson has given the innovative proposal the thumbs up.

He said: “I think it’s an absolutely wonderful idea.

“The Co-op are catering for their customers.

“Apart from this feature, a larger store overall will be a valuable asset and a welcome addition to the village.”

It is understood permission for the cooler will be sought from Inverclyde Licensing Board as part of an application to increase the alcohol floorspace at the premises, which could open for business as early as the spring.

A Co-op spokesperson said: “We are due to open Kilmacolm’s new Co-op store during the first half of 2018.

“We are looking to give our members and customers a new and improved shopping experience with a greater choice of fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

“Alongside this there will also be an improved beers, wines and spirits offering and we have made the necessary applications to Inverclyde Council in line with current licensing laws.”