Central England Co-op is looking for up to 13 new colleagues for new community food store coming soon to Yorkshire village

Posted by james brindle | Published: 22/12/2021

Jobseekers in Yorkshire can now apply to be part of the team at a brand new Central England Co-op Food Store set to open its doors near Doncaster next year.

The exciting new store based on the site of the former The Acorn pub in Hatfield Lane, Armthorpe, is set to open this February with work progressing rapidly on bringing it to life for the local community.

Now, the retailer has launched a recruitment drive for up to 13 new colleagues with both full-time and part-time roles available ranging from Team Leaders to Customer Service Assistants.

The community food store will offer shoppers an expansive range of products and will be powered by 100% renewable energy.

Features are set to include self-service checkouts, hot food to go, an instore bakery, a customer car park and a lifesaving defibrillator for the local Armthorpe community.

Lyn Hunter, the new Armthorpe store manager, said she cannot wait to welcome villagers into the new store in 2022 and encouraged people of all ages and backgrounds to apply to join her team and help live and breathe Central England Co-op’s purpose of creating a sustainable Society for all.

She said: “We are excited about our new store in Armthorpe and cannot wait to be part of the local community. I’m delighted to be leading the team to help deliver vital food and essentials in what is set to be a vibrant and modern store and also see us invest in the local economy and create jobs for local people.

“We are now on the lookout for people to take up roles, including three full-time Team Leaders and 10 part-time Customer Service Assistants, although conversations are welcomed from applicants wishing to discuss flexibility of hours, and I would urge anyone interested to head to our careers website to find out more about becoming part of Central England Co-operative.”

Anyone interested in applying for one of the roles can find out more information at the retailer’s brand new careers website at https://careers.coop


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 with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 7,800 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 16 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.

It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.

Central England Co-op was named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.

Press office contacts: Rob Smyth and James Brindle

Phone - 01543 421390

Email - publicrelations@centralengland.coop