Co-op Food invested £2.5 million in the opening of four new shops in February

MANCHESTER, UK, 2016-Mar-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — February was a busy month for the Food Property team – we opened four new shops and exchanged contracts on just under 30 sites.

The four new shops – Cricklewood (north London), Ancaster (Lincolnshire), Longton (Staffordshire) and Moira (Derbyshire) – represent an investment of nearly £2.5 million and bring us four steps closer to reaching our target of around 100 new stores by the end of the year.

Spotlight on Stoke-on-Trent

Our store is built on the car park next to a pub in Longton. Children from a local primary school were the guests of honour at the store’s opening and we’ve seen a really positive response from both colleagues and the local community.

Dan Golding, Store Manager, commented:

“All of the jobs have been filled by local people, which is fantastic. It’s a great start to the year here in the Stoke-on-Trent area with a near £570,000 investment to launch a brand new store that will serve the local community.”

Keith Smith, Longton resident, commented:

“Having this here is a brilliant addition to the community. Elderly people in the area will now have somewhere they can do their shopping with ease. It’s a brilliant place for the Co-op to be. Building it on the car park will help to bring more business to both the pub and the shop.”

 

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© Neil O Conner/ UNP 0845 600 7737 Co-Op 33439 Heathcote Street, Longton  Stoke on Trent Manager Dan Golding and staff join Children from Sandford Hill Primary School for the ribbon cutting. Ribbon is cut by Callum Johnson age 11

© Neil O Conner/ UNP 0845 600 7737
Co-Op 33439 Heathcote Street, Longton Stoke on Trent
Manager Dan Golding and staff join Children from Sandford Hill Primary School for the ribbon cutting.
Ribbon is cut by Callum Johnson age 11