Revamped OKay Beaumont reopens as a sustainable neighbourhood supermarket on 27 August

On Friday 27 August, OKay Beaumont reopens its doors after undergoing a thorough facelift. The neighbourhood supermarket expanded from 475 to 650 m² and was renovated in the newest generation OKay-store style. It has a revamped freshmart, freezers with glass lids, a new bread corner and its environmental impact is as low as possible. Store manager Marie-Claude and her 13-member team are happy to welcome their customers in compliance with the current corona measures.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Focus on fresh products and daily fresh bread

Thanks to the fresh and modern interior, customers of OKay Beaumont can find their way even more easily in the wide range of super fresh products. "In the new freshmart for instance, our broad supply of fresh fruit and vegetables can stand out completely," says store manager Marie-Claude. "We placed extra refrigeration units just outside the freshmart to showcase our tapas, cold cuts and pastries even better."

At OKay Beaumont, fresh bread is delivered every day and store co-workers bake off high-quality rolls and pastries on the spot. "They are neatly displayed in our renewed bread unit now. Much handier for our customers," Marie-Claude explains. The freezer department was also tackled. "We installed freezers with glass covers so our customers can easily find their favourite products." Finally, there is an extra check-out post now.


Top team from the region

All these novelties and improvements will contribute to a more pleasant shopping experience and make shopping even easier. But the biggest asset of OKay Beaumont is undoubtedly the wonderful team of store co-workers. "Every day, I can count on a great team of 13 motivated co-workers," says Marie-Claude. "A top team. They  live in the region around Beaumont and to them, customer-friendliness, a good service and helpfulness come first." Some of these co-workers have been part of the close-knit team ever since the opening in 2004. Together they have more than 100 years experience. 


Easy to reach by car and bicycle

OKay Beaumont has a practical location along a major connecting road, so it is easy to reach for everyone. The car park has 49 places, two of which are equipped with a charging post for electrical vehicles.


Minimum environmental impact

Like the other Colruyt Group store formats, OKay attaches great importance to building sustainably and with a minimum ecological footprint. "At OKay Beaumont, we do not use fossil fuels," says Marie-Claude. "The refrigeration system works on propane, a natural coolant that is much environment-friendlier than chemical coolants. This reduces CO2 emissions by 90% compared to a classic cooling system. Moreover, the heat released by the refrigeration system is recovered to warm up the store. We also consume 30% less electricity thanks to LED lighting. Rain water is collected in a wadi, a shallow water basin. We then allow the water to steadily seep into the ground, thus relieving the sewer system." 

The sustainable paint used for the store's front breaks down pollutants in the air. Under the influence of sunlight, this paint converts nitrogen oxides, ozone and harmful organic substances into nitrate and oxygen. The rain dissolves and washes away the nitrates.


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