First details released of £3 million flagship Co-op development in Lichfield

Central England Co-op has today released the first ever images of how its Boley Park food store in Lichfield is set to be transformed following a £3 million investment.

Subject to planning permission being granted, proposals will see the creation of a brand new store, a large unit that will house a gym and two further retail units.

The Society has its headquarters in Hermes Road, and will feature a raft of new elements including special eco-friendly fridges and lighting, free water refill station, a phone charging area and customer seating inside and outside of the store.

The proposals will also see improvements made to the car park, including wider spaces, better traffic flow and improved lighting and walkways, and to the petrol station.

If plans, which have been submitted today, are approved, work is set to start in 2020.

A spokesperson for Central England Co-operative said: “The Society is delighted to confirm plans for a £3 million investment in our Boley Park Food Store.

“Subject to planning permission being granted, based on feedback from customers and members we believe that a variety of exciting changes to the building will create an improved shopping and working environment for everyone.

“We will keep everyone up to date with the latest news via in store messaging, posters and local press announcements.

“Central England Co-op, which has its head office in the city, is proud to call Lichfield its home and these proposals showcase our desire to invest in the local area with a new, vibrant and modern shopping experience.”

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

This will include fresh and fruit and vegetables, an in-store bakery offering breads and pastries, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen product, Irresistible product ranges, Costa Coffee machine and a great selection of food to go.

 

Notes to editors

 

Picture caption: Computer generated images showcase the new layout for the site and the planned new shop frontages.

 

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 member 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 and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390

 

Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop