Central England Co-op Florist shops to reopen to the public
Central England Co-op Funeralcare is opening the doors of its floral shops to the public for the first time since the beginning of lockdown.
The Society’s professional florists have been working behind closed doors focusing on funeral flowers creating special arrangements to enable families to say goodbye, while shops have remained closed following Government guidance.
However, it is now in a position to reopen its front of house operations to the public from Monday (17 August) and is therefore reopening its florist shops on reduced hours in Great Barr, Kingstanding and Stafford (opening hours Monday – Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday 9am-3pm), as well as in Stirchley, Droitwich and Kettering (Monday – Friday 10am-3pm).
To ensure everyone involved stays safe and healthy, anyone visiting one of the Society’s florist shops will be asked to wear a face covering, adhere to social distancing guidelines and make use of hand sanitiser. All colleagues will be wearing face coverings.
Meanwhile, following the easing of the local lockdown in Leicester, Rowlatts Hill florists in the city can once again take phone orders for funeral arrangements.
Florist Sue Carty said: “We really enjoy what we do and love being able to come up with wonderful creations to help honour the life of a loved one.
“However, we have missed welcoming the public into our shops and to help with a wide range of arrangements to suit their needs so are happy to be able to open our doors again.
“We look forward to seeing our communities in store again and appreciate their support as we introduce measures to keep colleagues and customers safe, including wearing a face covering when they visit us.”
To find out more about Central England Co-op Florists and the locations of its shops visit https://www.centralengland.coop/florists
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About Central England Co-operative
Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.
Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish.
Our 7,900 colleagues who serve Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.
Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 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.
We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.
We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.3 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.
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