Central England Co-op reveals opening date and first look at £3 million redevelopment of its Boley Park Food Store

Central England Co-op can today reveal the launch date and give a first look of the progress of the £3 million redevelopment of its Boley Park Food Store.

The Society will officially open its new flagship store in Lichfield on Thursday, 19 November offering the local community food and essentials on their doorstep.

The new store will feature a raft of new elements including a brand-new internal design, special eco-friendly fridges and lighting, a free water refill station, a phone charging area, customer seating inside and outside of the store as well as self-scan checkouts.

It will also include a range of safety features in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic such as plastic screens, a one-way system and social distancing measures.

Last month, as part of the major project, a brand-new petrol station was opened on the site as well as a redesigned car park including wider spaces, better traffic flow and improved lighting and walkways, new trees and planters, a new car wash, electric charging points for cars and a bike repair station.

Boley Park Store Manager Jamie Joyce said: “We are delighted that we will finally be opening the doors and welcoming the community into our brand-new flagship store in Boley Park.

“These are not the circumstances that we ever imagined launching this fantastic new store in, but we are looking forward to being there with the vital food and essentials locals need in these uncertain times and continuing to be a vital part of a great community in Lichfield.”

The pictures showcase how both the inside and the outside of the store have almost been completed and are ready for thousands of products to be stacked onto the shelves ahead of the official opening.

The Boley Park Food Store will be open from 7am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday.

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

This includes fresh fruit and vegetables, an in-store bakery offering breads and pastries, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen product, Irresistible product ranges, as well as a great selection of food to go.

It will also offer Lottery, Paypoint, Collect Plus and foreign currency, as well as a Costa Coffee machine and a free cash machine.

The new store will also continue to support the great work of Lichfield Food Bank by offering an in store donation point for customers and members.

The £3 million project also includes a large unit that will house a gym and two further retail units.

 

 

Notes to editors

 

Picture caption: Images from the behind scenes of the new Central England Co-op Food Store at Boley Park, in Lichfield.

 

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.

 

Visit www.centralengland.coop for more information or follow us on Facebook or Twitter using @mycoopfood

 

Press office contacts: Rob Smyth and James Brindle

 

Phone - 01543 421390

 

Email - publicrelations@centralengland.coop