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Co-operative invested £1.2m in St Columb’s Co-operative Food Stores to transform the shopping experience for the community

MANCHESTER, 2014-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Improvements are in-store at The Co-operative Food in the St Columb area of Cornwall following a £1.2m investment in its three stores to transform the shopping experience for the community.

The store in St Columb Road was the latest to re-open when the ribbon was cut earlier this month (November) following a near £425,000 transformation, it was the third of three Co-operative food stores in the St Columb area to benefit from the combined £1.2m investment.

Its store in Church Street, St Columb Minor re-opened at the end of last month (October), while its store in Fore Street, St Columb Major, re-launched in September. All three have been redefined with a new format including an enhanced bakery range, and a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

Each store will also pioneer a new role, known as a Community Pioneer, where a member of the food store team will also work to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising initiatives to helping to understand and develop solutions to meet community needs.

Martin Trethewey, Operations Manager for The Co-operative Food in the area, said:

“We are thrilled to have made such a significant investment in our stores in the St Columb area, and delighted that we now have three fantastic new-look food stores with which to serve these communities – it is an exciting time for the whole team.“The Co-operative is a community retailer, and we are committed to playing an active role in local life, embracing the area’s community spirit. The stores will be a hub for the local community, and customers will be able to find out what is going on locally, and learn about how The Co-operative can benefit local groups.“With the combination of our redefined stores, innovations in our own-brand ‘Loved by us’ range, and The Co-operative’s commitment to lowering prices on hundreds of everyday essentials under its ‘Fair and square’ prices banner, I am confident we will provide the community with everything needed to pick-up delicious food conveniently and create inspirational and tasty meals at home.”

Notes to Editors:

The Co-operative Group, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of “championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities”. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion.

For further information please contact

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Group Press Office
Tel: 07702 505551

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