Major investment of almost £118,000 by Central England Co-op brings a brand-new look to Derbyshire food store

Posted by james brindle | Published: 25/10/2021

A Central England Co-op shop in the Derbyshire village of Duffield has been transformed with an investment of £118,000 giving a boost to the local community.

The food store in Town Street has received a makeover to give it a lighter, fresher feel and includes some exciting new features and ranges for locals to enjoy.

This follows other notable investments in the area in recent months, including over £440,000 spent on transformations of stores in Inkersall, Overseal, Holme Hall and Horsley Woodhouse.

The community food store in Duffield has been undergoing the makeover in recent weeks with changes including:

  • New product ranges to suit shoppers’ tastes      
  • Fantastic new features such as brand-new Tango Ice Blast and F’real milkshake machines
  • Refreshed signage and decoration inside

Store Manager Mark Higginbottom said: “It has been great for all the team to see our store receive this investment and it has really put a spring in all our steps.

“The feedback so far from our customers has been really positive. They can’t believe how much the store has been transformed and how good it now looks. It seems a lot more spacious and modern, and they love the new features such as the hot food, and the Tango Ice Blast and F’real milkshakes.

“I’d like to thank the community for their continued support and for their patience while we brought our new look store to life, and I hope they agree with us that it’s been worth it.”

The Town Street Food Store is open Monday-Saturday 7am-10pm and Sunday 8am-10pm. The store has a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special and also offers a lifesaving defibrillator, cash machine, Lottery, Collect Plus/Paypoint, an instore bakery and a customer car park.


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 with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 7,800 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 16 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.

It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.

Central England Co-op was named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.

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