New names revealed for Tamworth development with work set to start in the summer to clear former supermarket site

Plans to create a new legacy for Central England Co-op’s former Tamworth supermarket site creating an estimated 240 new jobs for the local community have been given the green light.

The site in Ninian Way, Wilnecote is set to be transformed into a brand-new retail and trade destination after Tamworth Borough Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead for the redevelopment.

It can now be revealed that new names lined up for the development include major chains Starbucks, taking the place of Costa in one of the drive thru units, and food outlets Greggs and Subway. These names add to those previously announced including Lidl, B&M and KFC.

Central England Co-op is working with Hawkstone Vale Developments Ltd to regenerate the site and offer these new and improved options for the local community, with work hoped to get underway in summer 2021 and be completed by summer 2022.

A spokesperson for Central England Co-operative said: “The Society is delighted that the exciting plans for the site of its former supermarket in Ninian Way, Wilnecote have been approved and work can get underway on transforming the site in 2021.

“We are excited to work with Hawkstone to create this exciting development and create a legacy for the local community in Wilnecote, creating new and substantial local employment and a brand-new trade and retail destination.

“We would like to thank locals for their patience, and we will continue to keep everyone up to date with the latest news as the project progresses.”

Andrew Kirton, Managing Director of Hawkstone Vale, said: “It is great news that the plans for the Ninian Way site have been approved and we are now able to create a development for Wilnecote to be proud of, bringing a range of long-term benefits to the area.

“We are delighted to have already attracted Lidl, B&M and KFC to the development and now Starbucks, Greggs and Subway are joining the line up, it further improves the mix of shops, food outlets and other businesses, making this such an exciting project.

“We are confident this development will help provide a great boost to the local economy and create hundreds of jobs for the local community in these uncertain times.”


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

Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish.  

Our 7,900 colleagues who serve Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 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. 

We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.

We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.4 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.

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