First look behind the scenes at new Central England Co-op Food Store in Stowupland ahead of official opening

Posted by James Brindle | 29/05/2019 | Category: Food

These exclusive images offer a first look behind the scenes at the new Central England Co-op Food Store in Stowupland as the opening date is revealed.

The store, which will be based in Thorney Green, Stowupland, will open to customers on Friday, 7 June and has been built next to the pre-existing Petrol Filling Station run by the retailer, which has also received a makeover as part of the works.

Customers can expect a fresh, modern look that Central England Co-op hopes will provide an enjoyable shopping experience, whether they are looking to pick up their groceries or head home with a treat.

The pictures showcase how both the inside and the outside of the store are almost ready for thousands of products to be stacked onto the shelves ahead of the official opening, while special eco-friendly fridges and lighting have been installed to back up the retailer’s eco-friendly ethos.

Store Manager Anna Alfredson said: “We are now only days away from the official opening of our new store in Stowupland and we cannot wait for everyone to see it.

“These pictures showcase what customers have to look forward to and the store will soon be packed out with everything from everyday items to a whole host of special treats.

“All that is left is for people to come down on Friday, 7 June for the official opening, say hello and take a look around your brand new Central England Co-op Food Store in Stowupland.”

The store will offer a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special.

This will include fresh fruit and vegetables, an in-store bakery offering breads and pastries, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen products, Irresistible product ranges, a Costa Coffee machine and a great selection of food to go.

It will also offer Lottery, Paypoint, Collect Plus, foreign currency and a free and extended car park, as well as a lifesaving defibrillator.

The Thorney Green Co-operative Food Store will be open from 6am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday.


Notes to editors

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.

Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2019.

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting

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Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390

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