Peterborough travel store reopens in new location offering decades of experience and knowledge
Central England Co-operative Travel in Peterborough has opened its doors in a brand new location and the team is sure of a warm welcome in their new surroundings.
The branch, which had been located within the Beales Department Store in the city, has reopened within the Central England Co-op Food Store in Ortongate Shopping Centre in Orton.
The move means the Society’s food, funeral and travel businesses in the area are now all available to locals visiting the shopping centre.
The four-strong Central England Co-op Travel team will be well-known faces to holiday goers having decades of experience serving the community in Peterborough and having extensive knowledge after spending their careers in the industry.
Cheryl Cipriano, from Peterborough, has been the Branch Manager at the Society’s Travel branch in the city for the past 24 years.
She explained why the team were looking forward to opening up in their new home and what she believes makes Central England Co-op Travel stand out and ensures they have a loyal customer base who keep coming back to book their holidays with the team.
She said: “We are really looking forward to working alongside our food retail colleagues at our new home in Orton and it’s an exciting challenge to have all three family of businesses together in one location.
“It has been well documented that this has been a very challenging time for the travel industry and I believe more than ever that Co-operative Travel really stands out in the marketplace because of our independence which means we are free to book with numerous tour operators.
“We are also open, honest and up front, while our staff are friendly and always go the extra mile for customers, many of whom keep coming back to us because they trust our knowledge and experience.
“The team and I look forward to welcoming customers old and new to our new home and would encourage locals to drop in and have a chat and see how we can help them with all their holiday needs.”
Diana Whitewell is Assistant Branch Manager and has worked in the industry for 22 years in total, working in the Peterborough branch for the last 10 years, and her specialist areas include Australia having put many itineraries together from scratch, as well as rural Spain and cruises.
Senior Travel Consultant Amy Richardson has worked in travel for 12 years and spent the last eight at the Peterborough branch. She specialises in long-haul destinations due to spending three years working in a specialist long haul, tailor-made department prior to joining Central England Co-op.
Completing the team is Travel Consultant Sarah Britton, who has been in travel for 17 years since joining as a Saturday worker while studying Travel & Tourism at Peterborough Regional College. She specialises in Dubai having visited many times and thoroughly enjoys putting together detailed itineraries for young families.
The team can now be found at Central England Co-operative Travel within Central England Co-operative Food Store at Ortongate Shopping Centre in Orton. They can be contacted on 01733 891720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Picture captions: 1. (from left) Senior Travel Consultant Amy Richardson, Branch Manager Cheryl Cipriano and Travel Consultant Sarah Britton cut the ribbon on their new home.
2. The new branch is based with Central England Co-op Food Store in Ortongate Shopping Centre.
3. Central England Co-operative Travel at Ortongate Shopping Centre.
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 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. The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2020.
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 several 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 and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390