Co-op set to open seven new stores in London this November

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is ramping up its investment in London this November, as it prepares to open a total of seven new stores in just two weeks.

The £4.8 million investment forms part of the retailer’s 2017 store expansion plan and is set to create around 100 jobs in the Greater London area.

The new stores, which will all have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials are: Pollard’s Hill, Mitcham which will launch on 16 November, Haydons Road, Wimbledon, New Kings Road, Fulham and Upminster Road in Upminster on 23 November and South Lambeth Road, Latimer Road Station and Alderbrook Road, Wandsworth, all opening their doors on 30 November.

A variety of 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 Mitcham’s Action on Elder Abuse, Friends of West Wimbledon Primary School, Wimbledon Pregnancy Resource Centre, iDebate, a Fulham-based enterprise which aims to educate young people in the art of debating and the St. Cuthbert’s Centre in Earls Court.

Peter Batt, Co-op’s divisional managing director, said:

“It’s an incredibly exciting time for the Co-op in London as we gear up to launch seven brand new stores in just two weeks. As well as being hubs for the local community, our stores are committed to providing a consistently brilliant in-store experience, allowing customers living in busy urban areas to get what they want, when they want.

“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 330,000 members in the capital who together have helped us to raise almost £3m for 1,000 good causes since we launched our new membership scheme last September. 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 produce and increasing member numbers put us in a strong position as we look towards further expansion in 2018.”

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

Last month, the Co-op was crowned Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards

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:
• 16 November – Pollard’s Hill, Mitcham: £1.1m
• 23 November – Haydons Road, Wimbledon: £646,000
• 23 November – New Kings Road, Fulham: £611,000
• 23 November – Upminster Road, Upminster: £624,000
• 30 November – South Lambeth Road, £618,000
• 30 November – Latimer Road Station: £663,000
• 30 November – Alderbrook Road, Wandsworth: £622,000

Contact:

Call us on 0800 023 4708

Email us at membershipcontactus@coop.co.uk

Source: Coop

ENGLAND: The Co-op opens new stores in Chelmsford, Walthamstow and Hornchurch; will create 50 jobs for local people

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is investing £2.2 million in the region by opening brand new stores in Chelmsford, Walthamstow and Hornchurch, which together will create 50 jobs for local people.

Chelmsford’s new store, situated on New Street, is set to open its doors on Thursday 31 August, whilst Walthamstow’s Co-op on Blackhorse Lane will launch on Thursday 7 September. Hornchurch’s Co-op on Station parade will be the last of the trio to launch on Thursday 14 September.

All will have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and everyday essentials. They will also deliver a funding boost for local community groups through the Co-op’s new membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of Co-op own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going to local causes to make a difference in the community.

Peter Batt, divisional managing director for the Co-op, said:
“We are delighted to have made such a significant investment in the Greater London and Essex area by opening three brand new stores. The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum and our ambition is to establish all of our stores as a local hub, a real asset for the community.

“The return to our ‘clover leaf’ design logo – first used in the 1960’s – aims to re-establish the Co-op as a centre for the community, and we want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. Our members have an opportunity to make a difference locally and by using their membership card when they shop with us they will raise much needed funding for organisations who contribute to improving local life.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the new and improved stores to mark their launch. And students in the region who hold an NUS card will receive a 10% discount off their groceries in the store.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, are 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.co.uk