Bedford’s newest supermarket officially opened by Ghanaian Embassy’s head of trade

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Mr Papa Kow Bartels (left) with Tropical Sun's Head of Community, Paul Harrison, High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Eric Masih and Essential Supermarket manager, Reji Thomas

A new world food supermarket has opened in Bedford, with an official visit from the Ghanaian Embassy’s Head of Trade and Investment.

Mr Papa Kow Bartels joined High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Eric Masih and the former Mayor of Luton, Cllr Maria Lovell, at the grand opening of Essential Supermarket on Thurlow Street.

The supermarket, in the building previously occupied by the British Heart Foundation by the Bedford bus station, officially opened on Thursday 10 June 2021, with the High Sheriff cutting the ribbon.

Bedford’s newest supermarket will stock a wide range of world foods to service the incredibly diverse local community.

“Planning the opening of a store during a global pandemic has presented a few challenges,” said manager, Reji Thomas.

“However, we have been hugely supported by Tropical Sun to help us make the opening a success.

“They helped us design the storefront which is very eye-catching and I’m sure will bring in a lot of passing trade.

“Bringing such dignitaries to our launch was very exciting for us and helped make the day all the more special.”

Shortly after the grand opening, the visiting guests headed to Montego’s Food Market on Mill Street to gain further insight into the needs of local enterprise and ways Tropical Sun can support the local economy and the retail sector as a whole.