Central England Co-op Food Store in Birmingham set to play starring role in BBC daytime soap opera


Central England Co-operative will be hosting actors and crew from the popular BBC TV series Doctors as scenes are set to be filmed inside and outside a popular Birmingham store.

The Stirchley Food Store, in Hazelwell Street, has been handpicked by producers to play a starring role in an upcoming episode of the hit show.

Stars of the soap will be in and around the store for the duration of filming, although the date of this will be kept a closely guarded secret.

Store Manager Jim Cunningham said: “We are really excited about the filming as it is not every day you see stars from TV in your Food Store. We are honoured to have been chosen for something like this and pleased to be able to support with filming.

“It is going to be a great experience to be involved and we are really looking forward to it.”

The show is based around a GP Surgery set in Letherbridge, a fictional West Midlands town in Birmingham, and is filmed and produced at the nearby BBC Drama Village in Selly Oak.

Doctors has been on air for 18 years and has a regular lunchtime slot on the BBC. Scenes shot at Stirchley Food Store are set to be aired later this year.

The Stirchley Co-operative store is open from 7am-10pm Monday – Friday, 7am-9pm Saturday and 10am-4pm on a Sunday. 
The store offers a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special. 
The offer includes fresh and local fruit and vegetables, an in-store bakery offering breads and pastries, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen product, Truly Irresistible product ranges, a Deli, butcher, café, Costa Coffee, fish counter, The Works, a key cutting service and electrical goods. 
The store also offers a travel agent, photo booth, Paypoint, Collect Plus, Lottery, a car park and a free cash machine. 

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, 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 2018. 

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 members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop

For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative

Rob Smyth / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop