Co-op opened 12 new stores in the first three months of 2016

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — We opened 12 new stores in the first three months of 2016, investing over £8 million and creating 240 jobs for local people. Our new shops can be found all over the country – from Blackpool and Glasgow, to north London and Newhaven – providing communities with award-winning food at fair prices and support for local good causes.

We also signed just under 40 contracts, ensuring that we continue to build our new store development programme for the rest of the year and beyond. Around a quarter of these are for sites in London and the South East, two key areas of growth for us.

“Our new store programme is really starting to gain momentum now,” comments Rob Bignold, Head of Acquisitions and New Store Development. “We plan to open another 100 shops this year, a target which is unrivalled by any other UK retailer. The sheer size of our ambition is making the industry sit up and take notice of us, which is fantastic to see.”

New store openings planned for April include Inverary and Rosneath in Scotland, St. Helens and Northwich in the North West and Iver in the South East.

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Opening of new Co-operative food store in Ancaster. Store opened by manager Stuart Wallis (in dark suit) and pupils from Ancaster C of E Primary School. Helping to cut the ribbon are Ashlee Hayter aged 10, Oscar Kerry-Dutton aged 6 and Emily Maughan aged 6.

Opening of new Co-operative food store in Ancaster. Store opened by manager Stuart Wallis (in dark suit) and pupils from Ancaster C of E Primary School. Helping to cut the ribbon are Ashlee Hayter aged 10, Oscar Kerry-Dutton aged 6 and Emily Maughan aged 6.

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