Hatton Co-op Store Manager celebrates 20 year long-service milestone

A hardworking Central England Co-operative Store Manager is celebrating after being rewarded for 20 years long-service.

Craig Symonds is Store Manager at Hatton Food Store and has been helping customers and members across the area for the past two decades.

The 37-year-old started out as a Customer Services Assistant working eight hours a week and worked his way up to the role of manager.

He said: “I love every part of my job at Central England Co-op and the last 20 years have gone by so quickly.
“What I love most about the job is that no two days are the same and that I get real job satisfaction out of doing a good job for my team and my customers.”

Craig, who lives in Leicester, has managed Hatton Food Store for the past seven years and before that had roles at stores in Shepshed, Castle Donington and Uttoxeter.

He added: “I have been a manager for the past seven years and worked all of those years at Hatton. I have a great team at the store and we all love being part of a great village community.

“I look forward to many more years serving the people of Hatton and working for Central England Co-op, but eventually I would like to progress to a role such as Operations Manager. However, at the moment, my focus is doing the best job I can at Hatton and bringing up my family.”

Away from work, Craig relaxes by watching football, enjoying television shows and going on days out.

James Martin, Operations Manager at Central England Co-op, said: “I was really proud to be able to congratulate Craig on his long-service.
“For the past seven years he has excelled in his role at Hatton Food Store and is genuinely loved by colleagues and customers.
“Craig is a great example of everything we stand for at Central England Co-operative and he should be proud of his efforts during the past 20 years.”

The Station Road Co-operative store is open 6am – 10pm Monday – Saturday and 10am – 4pm on a Sunday. The store has 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 for breads and pastries, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen product and Truly Irresistible product ranges.

The store also offers Paypoint, Collect Plus, Lottery, Bake and Bite, Costa Coffee, Rug Doctor, a free cash machine and a free car park.


Notes to editors


Picture caption: Hatton Food Store Manager Craig Symonds is congratulated on 20 years long-service by Operations Manager James Martin.


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


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