New Co-op store in Stafford will create jobs and bring major investment to the area
Central England Co-operative can today confirm that is building a brand new Food Store in Stafford – creating dozens of new jobs and resulting in major investment.
The convenience store, based on land off Brereton Way, will offer shoppers an expansive range of products and will be fitted out with pioneering new energy efficient refrigeration technologies to minimise environmental impact, LED lighting and a lifesaving defibrillator.
Local people will also be offered the opportunity to mark the opening of the new store with a range of special events.
The Brereton Way Food Store is currently scheduled to open before the end of the year.
Jamie Martin, Operations Manager for the area, said: “We are excited about our new store in Stafford and about being part of the local community.
“The new site will feature a vibrant and modern store opening in a busy area that will provide all customers and members with all of their essentials and also see us invest in the local economy and create jobs for local people.
Customers and members can also look forward to taking advantage of a range of community benefits by shopping at the store.
The retailer runs a Community Dividend Fund scheme, which gives local good causes and community groups the chance to apply for a grant ranging from £100 to £5,000.
Other benefits from the opening of the planned store would include a wide range of educational and recreational workshops and classes for its members and communities and the introduction of a food bank collection point to support good causes in the local area.
People can keep up-to-date with plans for the store by visiting www.centralengland.coop/
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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.
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