Co-op spends £600k on a new store in Barnsley - creating 18 new jobs

Posted by rob smyth | Published: 22/06/2018

Central England Co-operative opened the doors to its new food store in Barnsley by handing 50 lucky shoppers golden tickets – with one walking away with a brand new 49” television.

The opening of the brand new food store, based in Keresforth Hill Road, has created 18 jobs and offers a wide range of products and services to meet the needs of local residents.

A total of £600,000 has been spent on the store and fixtures and fittings include the latest in pioneering new energy efficient refrigeration technologies to minimise environmental impact and LED lighting.

Hundreds of people queued outside from the early hours of the morning to be one of the lucky 50 to be handed a golden ticket to celebrate the official opening.

Paul Lloyd revealed that he was ‘amazed’ when he unwrapped his golden ticket to find out he had won a 49” TV.

Other golden ticket winners shared a mix of Co-operative gift vouchers, Irresistible Fairtrade chocolate bars and a Bluetooth speaker.

Keresforth Hill Road Central England Co-operative Store Manager Peter Sayers said:  “Our team were so excited to finally allow our members and customers to see our new store. The store looks fantastic and already customers have been making many positive comments about how it looks and the different products and services now available.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank customers for their patience, it has been long-awaited, but hopefully everyone will enjoy the store as much as we do.

“All of us here at Keresforth Hill Road store are proud to be part of such a great community and are looking forward to welcoming all customers, old and new, to come and enjoy our new food store.”

The Keresforth Hill Road Co-operative food store is open from 7am – 10pm every day. The store offers a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special. The store offer includes fresh and local fruit and vegetables, an in-store bakery offering breads and pastries, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen product, Irresistible product ranges, Costa Coffee, and a great selection of food to go.

The store also offers Paypoint, Collect Plus, foreign currency, a free car park and a free cash machine.


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Picture reference: Colleagues and members of the public cut the ribbon at the new Central England Co-operative Food Store, in Barnsley.


Local resident Paul Lloyd was all smiles after he won a new 49” television as part of a Golden Ticket Giveaway at the new Central England Co-operative Food Store in Keresforth Hill Road. He is pictured here with store manager Peter Sayers.


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 or visiting


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


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