A hotel which has lain derelict for years has been brought back to life.
The former Gables Hotel on London Road, re-opened its doors as a supermarket.
The Co-op has invested £1.2million and created more than 30 jobs by opening two stores in Leicestershire in the last fortnight.
The first, in Whetstone, was launched last month with children from Badgerbrook Primary School among the guests of honour.
The plans for the former Gables Hotel site in London Road were initially turned down when councillors said they were worried about parking and neighbours feared more congestion.
The Gables Hotel in London Road, before the investment from the Co-op (Image: Chris Gordon)
There were also concerns the shop would have an adverse effect on the Stoneygate conservation area.
However, city council planning officers warned there was no legitimate reason to turn down the proposals and Carisby Ltd, which proposed the store, appealed.
Last year, a planning inspector found in its favour.
A £1000 donation was made to Wishes for Kids as part of launch day celebrations today at London Road.
The new Co-op in London Road
Simon Taylor, Co-op area manager, said: “The company is moving forward with real purpose and momentum and is delighted to have made such a significant investment in Leicester.
“We have had great feedback already. This has brought a disused building back to life in London Road.
“We look forward to welcoming members and customers into their new Co-op stores and being part of the community.
“Our ambition is to establish our stores as a local hub, a real asset for the community.”
The Co-op opened more than 100 new stores UK-wide last year, and has ambitions to open a similar amount this year and in subsequent years.
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