Nottingham food store gets fresh new look with £95k makeover after proving a lifeline to community

A community food store in Nottingham where colleagues have been going above and beyond to support locals during these uncertain times has been given a fresh new look following an investment of £95,000.

The Central England Co-op in Coppice Road, Arnold has received a raft of updates to give it a fresher, lighter feel and to include a number of new ranges and features to boost its offering to the local community.

This follows the store’s colleagues working around the clock to ensure vulnerable people across the community have continued to have access to vital food and essentials through the Coronavirus pandemic.

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

  • A new Costa Coffee machine installed
  • Installation of a new hot and cold water refill station
  • An updated product range to better reflect customers’ requirements
  • New internal signage and decoration

Store Manager Natalie Smith was appointed to her first managerial role earlier this year and is passionate about supporting her community through the store and as a member of the Society’s Member and Community Council.

Natalie said: “We are all really happy with the changes which have made the shop look a lot brighter and have really opened it up, particularly at the front of the store, making it seem a lot bigger and making the flow around the shop a lot better.

“I would like to thank our customers and Members for their patience while the work has been taking place and we have already received a lot of nice, positive feedback about the changes.

“It has also really given the team a well-deserved boost after they have worked tirelessly over the last few months to support the Arnold community.”

The Coppice Road Food Store is the third Central England Co-op store in Nottinghamshire to relaunch this month following stores in Bramcote Lane, Wollaton and Skegby Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield after investments totalling almost £300,000.

The Coppice Road Food Store is open every day 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 lifesaving defibrillator, cash machine, Collect Plus/Paypoint, car park, Lottery and an instore bakery.

People can keep up to date with what is happening in their local community in response to Coronavirus by visiting a dedicated online hub at


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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 £1.3 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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