New Central England Co-op Food Store coming soon to Sawston

Central England Co-op can today announce that it has completed the purchase of Gravelle’s Budgens store in High Street, Sawston.

The current store is now closed and will re-open at 7am on Friday, 15 February, following a major makeover.

During the closure period the store will go through a full refurbishment program to enhance the shopping experience for its members and customers, including pioneering new energy efficient refrigeration technologies to minimise environmental impact and LED lighting.

The store will offer a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special and will continue to offer a range of local products, an enhanced food to go offering and new Costa Coffee.

The existing store team will remain in place, receive extensive training ready for opening and will be on hand to answer any questions from local residents.

Shoppers can pick up a free voucher booklet to save £12 on their shopping along with other product giveaways while the new Co-op store is being refurbished, simply pop along to the mobile site in the car park to meet the team and find out more.

Customers will also be able to find out more about Central England Co-op and the work it does to make a difference to its members and local communities through member benefits including Share of the Profits member dividend and community grants.

The new Central England Co-op Sawston Food Store will be open 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.


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.

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


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