Co-op prepares to open five brand new stores across Scotland with £3.4 million investment

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is ramping up its investment in Scotland during October and November, as it prepares to open five brand new stores across the country.

The £3.4 million investment forms part of the retailer’s £11 million 2017 store expansion plan and is set to create 75 jobs for local people.

The new stores, which will all have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials are: Renfrew, Paisley Road and Cardross, Main Road, both launching on 26 October, Doune’s Castlehill Court and Colpy Road – Oldmeldrum opening their doors on 23 November and Stirling’s The Brae – Cambusbarron which will launch on 30 November.

Local community groups are also set to get a funding boost through the Co-op’s new Membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community. Charities and groups set to benefit from the launch of the new stores include: I Am Me Scotland (Paisley), Lisa’s Gift (Glasgow) and Barrhead’s Men’s Shed.

John McNeill, Co-op’s divisional managing director, said: “It’s a very exciting time for the Co-op in Scotland as we gear up to open not one, but five, brand new Co-ops over the next five weeks. As well as being hubs for the local community, our stores are committed to providing a consistently brilliant in-store experience, allowing customers to get what they want, when they want it.

“We’re very proud of how much we’ve achieved so far in 2017 and our membership message really seems to be striking a chord with shoppers. We now have over half a million members who together have helped us to raise £1.2 million for almost 600 Scottish good causes. Just by swiping a membership card, people can make a real difference to local life and become a co-owner of their local Co-op.

“Our new store launches, together with our ever growing range of locally-sourced Scottish produce and increasing member numbers, put us in a strong position as we look towards further expansion in 2018.”

The openings follow last month’s announcement that the retailer – which was recently crowned Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards – will be launching a new 12,000 sq ft distribution centre at Inverness Airport Business Park in 2018.

There are offers and promotions in and around the new stores to mark their launch. And, students holding a Young Scot card will also receive a 10% discount off their groceries.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

Investment per store:
· 26.10.17 Renfrew, Paisley Road – £464,000
· 26.10.17 Cardross, Main Road – £1.1m
· 23.11.17 Doune: Castlehill Court – £553,000
· 23.11.17 Colpy Road – Oldmeldrum – £785,000
· 30.11.17 The Brae: Cambusbarron – £503,000

Source: Coop

Co-op: overall sales of Scottish products across our stores up by 33% YoY

  • Sales of Scottish produce are up by a third in Co-op stores
  • Bakery favourites leading the sales surge

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Scotland’s love affair with home-grown fare is flourishing, as figures released by the Co-op today (30 August 2017) show that overall sales of Scottish products across its 350 stores are up an impressive 33% year-on-year.

The biggest increase has been seen across the bakery aisle – sweet and savoury favourites from the likes of Glasgow-based McGhee’s, Aberdeenshire’s Murdoch Allan and Stornoway’s Stag Bakery have prompted an impressive 45% rise.

Prepared meals, including Bells Pies and McIntosh of Strathmore’s ready meals, are also up a mouth-watering 45%, whilst locally brewed ales and spirits from brands including Aberdeen’s Fierce Beer and Edinburgh’s Pickering’s Gin have seen an increase of almost 40%.

Dairy items have also experienced an increase in sales of 28% on last year.

The Co-op, which works with over 900 Scottish farmers, carries almost 2,000 Scottish lines and over 120 Scottish brands in its stores. Its latest figures come in the run up to Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight which launches on Sunday 2 September in which Scots prepare to indulge in a two-week celebration of Scotland’s produce, and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it.

John McNeill, Co-op’s managing director in Scotland, said:
“It’s great to see that we Scots are so patriotic when it comes to what we eat and drink. We have a proud heritage in producing some of the most delicious delicacies in the world and we know that our customers and members are passionate about buying food that has been produced on home soil.”

Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, commented:
“I welcome the Co-op’s continued commitment to supporting Scottish suppliers. As we get ready to celebrate Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, these fantastic figures provide yet more evidence that people are increasingly looking to buy quality Scottish produce.

“Scotland’s food and drink industry is a cornerstone of our economy, with exports worth a record £5.5 billion in 2016. We are working hard to support our producers to generate sustainable growth and further boost demand for Scottish produce both at home and abroad. Our supermarkets have a key role to play in helping us achieve our ambitions.”

Charlotte Bleasdale, Co-op’s ranging manager, added:
At the Co-op we’re committed to promoting these prized locally-sourced products that are made right here in Scotland. With sales figures rising so sharply over the past 12 months, we know our customers are enjoying the ranges we’ve got on offer. We hope they’ll use Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight as a great excuse to pop into their local store and discover our ever-growing range of Scottish-sourced products.”

Stuart McGhee of McGhee’s Bakery, said:
“Over the last twelve years we’ve supplied Co-op stores with the very highest quality produce, seven days a week, ensuring customers can enjoy freshly baked rolls all year round. Thanks to our presence in Co-op stores our crispy and soft rolls are now best sellers across the country and we’re delighted to help support Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, which is a great celebration of our booming food industry.”

Media Contact:
Aimi McNeill
Press and Media Manager
T: 0161 6924286 M: 07739 657585
aimi.mcneill@co-operative.coop
coop.co.uk

Source: coop. uk

ENGLAND: The Co-op to relaunch two stores in Barrow in Furness and Dalton in Furness in September

Two stores in Barrow in Furness and Dalton in Furness set to unveil new look following £1.4 million refits

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op’s investment in Cumbria is set to top £4.5 million as it prepares to relaunch two stores in Barrow on Furness and neighbouring Dalton in Furness during early September.

Roose Road’s Co-op will reopen its doors on 1 September following a £590,000 makeover, whilst Market Street’s Co-op will unveil its £832,000 new look on 8 September.

Both will have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

The refits form part of a rigorous programme which saw Co-op stores Island Road, Barrow and Brampton unveil their new look in May, Denton Street, Carlisle in June and Egremont and Kirkby Stephen in July. They also follow the first birthday of the Co-op’s £600,000 Seascale store which opened last summer.

The stores will also bring a funding boost for local community groups through the Co-op’s new Membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community.

Charities and groups set to benefit in the Roose Road area include The Birchall Trust and Project John Ltd, whilst those at Market Street include 1st Dalton St Mary’s Guides, Buccleuch Hall Management Committee and The Rotary Club of Furness Peninsula.

John McNeill, Co-op’s Divisional Managing Director, said:
“2017 is shaping up to be a terrific year for the Co-op in Cumbria. Having invested well over £4.5 million in revamping our stores, along with the roll out of our recent local sourcing programme, we want customers to know that we’re committed to delivering a consistently brilliant in-store experience. Consumer habits are changing and we know that shoppers simply want to buy what they want, when they want.

“What’s more, our membership message seems to be resonating with shoppers in Cumbria, where earlier this year we raised £133,000 for 57 good causes. We want people to know that by becoming a co-owner of their Co-op, they can also give back to the community. Just by swiping their membership card, they will make a difference to local life, raising much needed funds for causes on their doorstep.”
There are offers and promotions in and around the new stores to mark their launch.

And, students holding the NUS extra card will also receive a 10% discount off their groceries.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

Media Contact:

Aimi McNeill
Press and Media Manager
T:0161 6924286 M:07739 657585
aimi.mcneill@co-operative.coop
coop.co.uk

Source: coop.uk

Co-op food carrier bag charges to fund hundreds of good causes across Scotland

MANCHESTER, UK, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hundreds of good causes across Scotland are set to start the New Year with a boost to their fundraising after “bagging” a share of the money raised through carrier bag charges and sales in Co-op food stores.

The Co-op is distributing over £750,000 after calling on Scotland’s local causes and organisations to apply for funding in order to make a difference in their community.

Successful groups are being notified from today (Monday, 18 January) with grants of up to £2,500 being distributed over the coming weeks.

John McNeill, Managing Director for The Co-operative Food in Scotland, said:

“From defibrillators to day care centres and schools to scout groups, as a community retailer we want to enable members, colleagues, customers and communities across Scotland to make a difference locally.

“The Co-op shares the aspiration of seeing a reduction in the number of single-use carrier bags in circulation. In addition, hundreds of local groups and organisations are set to receive a much needed funding boost – together, we are reducing, reusing, recycling and, reinvesting in our communities.”

Scotland’s Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead: said:

“Scotland has witnessed an incredible 80 per cent reduction in single-use carrier bag usage since the carrier bag charge was introduced in October 2014 – that’s at least 650 million fewer bags. In the process retailers have managed to raise an outstanding £7 million for good causes across the country. With the carrier bag charge we want to reduce litter and improve Scotland’s environment, but it’s great to see how it has evolved and that worthy causes are benefiting from it too. I’d like to congratulate the Co-op on its decision to distribute its funds among local groups.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Retailers are witnessing a huge reduction in the number of carrier bags in use and, it is clear that Scottish consumers have embraced a new shopping habit. The Co-op is a community retailer and its scheme illustrates how the carrier bag charge is not only benefitting the environment, but it is also making a positive difference in the communities where the money has been raised.”

In addition to distributing the money raised by the requirement to charge for single-use carrier bags, The Co-op has also pledged to go further and top-up the fund with proceeds from its entire range of carriers, including sales of its bags-for-life and its new woven reusable shopping bags.
SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Further information:
Andrew Torr
The Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

The Co-operative food launches its Local Fund; calls on local causes to apply by Wednesday, 7 October

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Good causes across Scotland are set to “bag” a funding boost of more than £750,000 as The Co-operative today (Wednesday, 16 September) launches its Local Fund to share the money raised through carrier bag charges and sales in its food stores.

The community retailer is calling on local causes or community groups interested in “carrying” away a share of the Co-op Local Fund to apply online by Wednesday, 7 October.

It is envisaged that approaching 1,000 organisations and groups across Scotland will receive grants of between £200 and £2,500 from The Co-op Local Fund to make a difference in their community.

In addition to the 5p minimum charge on single-use bags, The Co-op has also pledged to go further and top-up the fund with proceeds from its entire range of carriers, including sales of its bags-for-life and its new woven reusable shopping bags.

Applications can be made until midnight on Wednesday, 7 October. Then, between 16 November and 11 December, the community retailer will give its one million members in Scotland a chance to vote and have a say, from a shortlist of organisations, on how the fund will benefit local communities.

John McNeill, Divisional Managing Director for The Co-operative Food in Scotland, said:

“The Co-operative is a community retailer with a strong heritage and commitment to the environment and to supporting its local communities.

“We are asking the Scottish public to nominate those causes that they care about and would like to see supported through The Co-op Local Fund. The Co-operative’s one million members in Scotland will then have a unique opportunity to vote and say how the money should be shared.

“The Co-op shares the aspiration of reducing the number of single-use carrier bags in use. It is also encouraging shoppers to further reduce their reliance on single-use carriers by donating proceeds from its reusable bags to good causes too. The money raised will enable organisations across Scotland to make a difference in their community – together, we will reduce, reuse, recycle, and reinvest in our communities.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Since the carrier bag charge came into force we have seen a huge reduction in single-use carrier bags in circulation in Scotland – around 150 million fewer last year alone. This has been a huge success with people changing their shopping habits to take re-usable bags with them.

“This scheme from The Co-op illustrates how the carrier bag charge is not only benefitting the environment, but it is also making a positive difference in the communities where the money has been raised.”

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food, and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, said:

“It is fantastic to see the carrier bag charge raising so much money for good causes, as well as achieving such drastic reductions in the number of single-use carrier bags being handed out in Scottish stores. I would like to commend The Co-operative for their support, and to encourage as many projects and local good causes as possible to apply in order for their communities to benefit from a share of the funds”.

The Co-operative has seen an 80% reduction in single-use carrier bags in circulation since the introduction of the charge.

For further information or to make an application, visit www.co-oplocalfund.co.uk

Notes to Editors

The Co-operative Group, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, online electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by over 8 million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with around 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £10 billion

For further information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

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The Co-operative food launches its Local Fund; calls on local causes to apply by Wednesday, 7 October

The Co-operative food launches its Local Fund; calls on local causes to apply by Wednesday, 7 October

Young Scot partners with The Co-operative Food to offer Young Scot NEC cardholders 10% discount on their shopping

MANCHESTER, 2014-11-6— /EPR Retail News/ — Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship charity for Scotland, has today (Monday 3 November) agreed a major deal with The Co-operative Food to offer Young Scot NEC (National Entitlement Card) cardholders a 10% discount on their shopping*.

From today (Monday), Young Scot cardholders, aged 11 to 25, qualify for the discount when they shop at any of The Co-operative Group’s 400 stores across Scotland, from Shetland in the north to Annan in the south.

It is the first time Young Scot has partnered with a major food retailer to offer discounted shopping.The new initiative provides over 570,000 Young Scot cardholders with 10% off food, household products, newspapers and magazines, when they present a valid Young Scot card at any Co-op store.

Young Scot has conducted research which shows a fifth of young people highlight life expenses, such as food shopping, as a top priority.

John McNeill, Regional Stores Director for The Co-operative Food in Scotland, said:

“Young people are facing increasing financial pressures, and by working with Young Scot to develop this initiative we’ve found a way to help them make their money go further while being able to shop conveniently.

“We’re a community retailer, with Co-op Food stores across the length and breadth of Scotland, and by offering a discount to Scotland’s young people we’re giving them a great incentive to make good, healthy choices about the food they eat.”

Louise Macdonald, chief executive, Young Scot says:

“Our research shows that lunch items such as sandwiches and fruit are the most readily purchased products by young adults, with price being one of the top motivating factors when food shopping. We are delighted to be working with the Co-operative Food to support this demand from young people and give them greater opportunities to buy healthy, ethical, and locally sourced food, while saving them money.”

In addition to the Co-operative Food offer, the Young Scot card gives young people access a wide range of benefits which support them to lead active, positive lifestyles. Cardholders can claim over 1,500 discounts for services such as money off public transport, driving lessons, and study guides.

The card carries the PASS hologram which provides young people with a trusted and credible way of proving their age. It also gives young people access to a host of other benefits including cashless catering, leisure and library services and e-voting.

Furthermore, its Young Scot Rewards programme encourages young people to earn points for activities such as volunteering and arts opportunities which they can exchange for unique experiences which benefits their learning and broadens their experiences outside of school.

In addition to Co-operative Group food stores, the Young Scot discount will also available from Monday 17 November in Scotmid Co-operative food stores.

 

For further information

media interviews or images please contact Joe Boyle at Stripe Communications on 0131 561 8628 or e-mail youngscot@stripecommunications.com, or Steve Broughton at The Co-operative Group on 0161 767 4298 or email steve.broughton@co-operative.coop

 

Notes to Editors:
*Exclusions apply: Alcohol, baby milk, stamps, savings schemes, National Lottery and Health Lottery purchases, gift vouchers, phone cards, continuity programmes, in-store concessions, PayPoint, currency, fuel, cigarettes and Tobacco, newspaper delivery, electrical goods.

Young Scot

Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship charity for Scotland. There are 570,000 Young Scot cardholders across Scotland and is a partnership between Young Scot, the Scottish Government, the Improvement Service and all 32 local authorities.
Young Scot provides all young people in Scotland aged 11-25 with information, ideas and opportunities to enable them to make informed decisions and choices, turn their ideas into action and take advantage of opportunities available throughout Scotland and Europe.

www.youngscot.org – The national youth information portal for Scotland
www.youngscot.net – Young Scot’s corporate website

 

The Co-operative Group

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 more information about The Co-operative Food go to www.co-operativefood.co.uk

The Co-operative Food pledges to reinvest profits from its entire carrier bag range to community projects across Scotland

MANCHESTER, UK, 2014-10-9— /EPR Retail News/ — Good causes will bag more than just the 5p carrier bag charge from The Co-operative Food in Scotland.

The community retailer today (Wednesday, 8 October) pledged to reinvest profits from its entire carrier bag range, and not just the 5p charge on single-use carrier bags, to good causes.

The Co-operative Food expects the move will raise as much as £750,000 in the next 12 months, and all the money will be reinvested in community projects across Scotland.

From Monday, 20 October, all retailers are required to charge customers 5p for single-use plastic bags.

But as well as the statutory charge, The Co-operative Food will add the money it makes on the sales of its new woven reusable large shopping bag, a new woven reusable small shopping bag (which doubles as a bottle bag) and new fold-away bags (all available for £1 each), as well as its redesigned 10p bag for life, and its compostable carriers (6p each and available from stores in locations where local councils have food waste collections requiring compostable bin liners).

John McNeill, Regional Stores Director for The Co-operative Food in Scotland, said: “We’re getting carried away with carrier bags, and it’ll mean bags more money for communities the length and breadth of Scotland. By going much further than we need to we’ll raise hundreds of thousands of pounds extra for good causes.

“It’s not just a commitment to local communities though, we also have a strong commitment to the environment and we share the aspiration of reducing the number of single use carrier bags that are distributed. By buying any of our range of carriers, customers will be contributing to the environment, as well as to good causes. Together we will reduce, reuse, recycle and reinvest in our communities.”

The Co-operative Food will confirm which good causes can bid for the funding, and how they can apply, early in 2015.

The new fold-away bags are made from 100% recycled materials are available in black or turquoise. The large and small woven bags, made from 80% recycled materials, are turquoise and decorated a with a “carrier bags are rubbish” design. The small woven bag can double as a bottle carrier. The bags can be recycled at Salvation Army textile recycling banks across Scotland*.

The 5p single-use carrier bag charge is introduced from Monday, 20 October, but The Co-operative Food’s new range of reusable carriers go into its Scottish stores from today (Wednesday, 8 October) meaning customers can begin raising money for good causes straight away.

Notes to Editors:

*Further information on The Co-operative Food’s carrier bag recycling policies can be found at www.co-operativefood.co.uk/carrier-bags (link will be live from Weds 8 October)

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest co-operative business, whose purpose is “Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities.” Owned by over eight million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 4,500 outlets, with around 87,000 employees and has an annual turnover of £11 billion with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services.

For more information about The Co-operative Food go to www.co-operativefood.co.uk

For further information please contact:

Steve Broughton
PR Manager
The Co-operative Group
0161 767 4298
07834 090 014
steve.broughton@co-operative.coop

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The Co-operative Food pledges to reinvest profits from its entire carrier bag range to community projects across Scotland

The Co-operative Food pledges to reinvest profits from its entire carrier bag range to community projects across Scotland