Co-op announces plans for multi-million pound investment in Norfolk and Suffolk during 2019
Central England Co-op has outlined an ambitious investment plan to open over 10 new Food Stores and Funeral Homes and revamp dozens more throughout 2019 – including at least one new store and one new home in Norfolk and Suffolk.
New sites will be launched across the country in a move that will create and secure hundreds of jobs as part of a multi-million pound project.
New and revamped Food Stores and Funeral Homes are currently planned for Stafford, Lichfield, Nottingham, Norfolk, Suffolk, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and Derbyshire.
In Norfolk and Suffolk, there are plans for a new store in Stowupland and a new funeral site in Lowestoft. Revamps of current sites in Carlton Colville, Bradwell, Eye and Lowestoft are also scheduled to take place.
Several other stores and homes across a number of towns and cities will also be given a major makeover as part of the plans including in Northamptonshire and the West Midlands.
Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive of Central England Co-op, said: “We are really proud of the success of our business, especially with our continued good performance in what is a highly competitive and increasingly uncertain trading environment.
“We want to continue with that success and this is why we are committed to an ambitious growth and investment strategy during the next 12 months.
“We are now in the process of getting ready to open and revamp dozens of Food Stores and Funeral Homes and we cannot wait to welcome existing and new colleagues, members and shoppers into them for the first time during 2019.”
As a result of the changes, customers and members will be able to enjoy everything from everyday necessities to something a little more special as a result alongside a range of community benefits.
The new and revamped food sites will feature upgraded fixtures and fittings including the latest in pioneering new energy-efficient refrigeration technologies to minimise environmental impact and LED lighting as well as great products, free parking, cash machines and food banks to support people across the local area.
The funeral homes will offer a vastly superior look and feel for families.
News of this investment comes after, in 2018, the Society opened 10 new Food Stores and six new Funeral Homes as well as relaunching 22 funeral sites and 30 convenience stores.
The major development programme has seen individual areas such as Derbyshire receive over £4m, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham and the West Midlands each receive over £1m and Yorkshire benefit from an investment of £700,000.
The programme resulted in an investment of over £13.4 million, creating dozens of new jobs.
Central England Co-op customers can keep up to date with details of new and revamped stores and homes by visiting https://www.centralengland.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.
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.
For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative
Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390
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