OKay opens a brand-new sustainable local supermarket at Courcelles

On Friday 29 January, OKay opens its 139th store at Courcelles (Hainaut). Customers can do their quick, cheap and easy daily shopping. The practical store has a surface of 650 m² and was renovated using sustainable techniques and materials. Store manager Vincent Vanlangendonck and his team of 8 co-workers invite residents to discover their brand-new supermarket.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Easily accessible

The new OKay store, the first one in the Grand Charleroi area, is situated along the rue Antoine Carnière near the rue Baudouin 1er on the location of the Colruyt Lowest Prices store, which moved to Trazegnies. It has a DATS 24 station opposite, so that customers can refuel and shop in the same place. "Thanks to its exceptional location between the centre of Courcelles and Connection roads, the store is easily accessible to all customers," store manager Vincent Vanlangendonck explains. "The car park has 65 places and a charging point for electric cars. For customers who come by bicycle, we also organised an adequate area.”

A modern layout radiating freshness

The local OKay supermarket of Courcelles is part of Colruyt Group's new generation of OKay stores. Its modern layout radiates freshness. Vincent Vanlangendonck: "The wider aisles in the freshmart make shopping a very pleasant experience. The vast range of daily fresh fruit and vegetables is looking great in there."

The range of ultra-fresh products is one of the assets of the business unit: fruit and vegetables, dairy products, meat, cold cuts, fish and prepared dishes. Fresh bread is delivered every day and co-workers bake quality rolls and buns several times a day at the bakery corner. The frozen products department has been equipped with freezers with glass lids so you can easily choose your products. "We provide a varied range of products of national brands, our private label Boni Selection and our discount label Everyday," the store manager continues, "and we also have a tapas stand near the freshmart.”

Minimum environmental footprint

Just like the other Colruyt Group operating units, OKay attaches great importance to the sustainable construction of its buildings with as small an environmental footprint as possible. "At the OKay of Courcelles, we consume much less fossil fuels," Vincent Vanlangendonck explains. "We generate our own energy with solar panels on the roof. We also recover the residual heat of the refrigeration system, thus reducing CO2 emissions resulting from the heating process by 90%. Furthermore, the LED lighting in the store consumes 30% less electricity and the refrigeration system works on propane, a much environment-friendlier natural gas than its synthetic equivalents. CO2 emissions linked to the refrigeration process are thus reduced by 90% compared to a classic installation."

Child of the region

Loyalty is not an empty word at OKay. Vincent Vanlangendonck, who has been working for Colruyt Group since 21 years, has been the store manager of the OKay at Sombreffe, de first OKay store in Wallonia. From now on, he will be the store manager of OKay at Courcelles, the 27th one in Wallonia.

To welcome their customers safely as from Friday 29 January, co-workers have taken all the necessary measures in the fight against the corona virus.