New look for Leicestershire food store after it receives major investment

Posted by james brindle | Published: 22/08/2022

A Central England Co-op shop in Leicestershire has been transformed with a significant investment giving a boost to the local community.

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

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

  • A fantastic new food to go section with new features such as hot food and a Tango Ice Blast machine
  • New look and feel inside and refreshed signage outside
  • Self-checkouts installed for shoppers looking to make a quick purchase, as well as an improved kiosk
  • New customer seating outside for the local community to enjoy

Store Manager Emma Bonser said: “We’re all really excited as a team to see the store completely transformed. I returned to Burbage in February as Store Manager after being Team Leader here seven years ago, so it’s been fantastic for me to come back and be here to see the store receive this investment.

“As well as the new look we have extended our ranges and are now offering a lot more products for our customers, while we’ve also increased the space we have and are utilising what space we do have more to make it more customer friendly.

“We’ve had some great feedback from our customers visiting over the last few weeks commenting about how much fresher and lighter the store is and how much they like the changes which has been lovely to here.

“I would like to thank all our brilliant customers and members for their continued support and for their patience while we brought our new look store to life – I hope they agree with us that it’s been worth it.”

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


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 8,000 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 20 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

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.

Press office contact: James Brindle, Public Relations Lead

Contact details: email and telephone 07392 080028.