At around 10.40pm on Tuesday 5 December 2017. Police were called to reports of an armed robbery at the Co-op – on Manchester Road in Astley.
The robbers smashed through the glass doors and entered the store before threatening the staff with an axe.
The offenders then fled with a quantity of cash and cigarettes in a white Audi in the direction of Hough Lane.
The Audi – which had been reported stolen on Thursday 16 November 2017 from Tyldesley and was using false plates – was later recovered on Whitehead Lane in Astley.
Nobody was injured.
Officers have released CCTV images of the incident.
Detective Sergeant Witkiewicz, said: “This was a brutal and targeted attack that has left the employees extremely shaken.