A new convenience store that opened in place of a longstanding Co-op has closed just weeks after opening. 

The new Nisa Local on Rodbourne Road replaced the Co-op that had been there on the corner of Hawkins Street for over 100 years on February 19. 

But this month the shutters are back down and the store has been completely emptied, leaving locals puzzled. 

But, the Nisa Local will be reopening shortly as it has only closed for a complete refurbishment. 

A member of staff at the store explained to the Advertiser that this was initially planned to happen before the takeover in February, but the contractors needed for the job were not available at the time. 

According to the staff member, the new owner's plans include installing a new sign, replacing freezers and chillers as well as moving the till area.

The refurbishment was due to start in March and last three weeks. 

Hudson Dsouzar, an employee at the new store, explained that its first week of opening had been really positive and that shoppers had been welcoming and friendly.

The 25-year-old said: “So far I am finding it really good, the people are really nice.

“It is going really well, day by day we are getting more sales and more people walking through our door.”