Planned new Co-op store in Yorkshire will bring range of benefits to local community

Central England Co-op plans for a new store in West Yorkshire will result in a range of benefits for the local community.

The retailer has applied to turn a former medical centre in Barnsley Road, South Kirkby, into a brand new convenience store which will result in major investment in the area and the creation of dozens of new jobs.

The new Food Store 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 special Golden Ticket Giveaway where prizes ranging from a big screen TV to Co-op vouchers will be handed out to the first 50 customers through the doors.

David Rudge, Operations Manager for the area, said: “We are excited about our plans for South Kirkby and about being part of the local community.

“The plans, if approved, will see 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 planned 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.

Last year, the retail spent nearly £1.5 million revamping stores in New Mill, Thongsbridge, Wooldale and Halifax Road, Birchencliffe, as well as opening a new store in High Street, Dodworth, and plans for a new site in Keresforth Hill Road, Barnsley.

Profits from customers using these stores have been reinvested for use by the Community Dividend Fund to help seven groups and charities in Yorkshire by donating over £14,000 – helping everything from schools to family support charities.

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.

A decision is set to be made on plans for the new store by the end of May and people can keep up-to-date with plans at


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Picture caption: An artist impression of what the new store in South Kirkby could look like.


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, 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.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting


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Rob Smyth / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


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