Co-op to re-develop and transform four North Wales stores this autumn with £3.5M investment

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is investing almost £3.5M in its North Wales stores this autumn to re-develop and transform four sites during a seven week programme of works creating around a dozen new retail jobs.

The community retailer – which last month scooped Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards – will see its store in Mostyn Avenue, Craig-y-Don, re-open on Friday, 27, October, following a £350,000, four week, programme of works including a new layout, flooring and energy efficient refrigeration. This follows a new-look for its Johnstown, Wrexham, store – which, located on Ruabon Road, received an £800,000 makeover and relaunched earlier this month (October).

The petrol filling station located in Rhyl Road, Rhuddlan, is currently closed for a £1.7M investment to overhaul the forecourt with replacement infrastructure and tanks, at the same time, the store and warehouse will extend to enable the Co-op to better serve the community – the filling station and store is expected to re-open on 23 November.

While the Co-op in Ffordd Elan, Rhyl, has closed for a £600,000 extension. More than doubling in size, the new-look store will include an enhanced in-store bakery, Costa coffee dispenser and extended range, with all of the Co-op’s offering a focus on fresh healthy foods, a commitment to selling only 100% own-branded fresh British meat, award winning wines, meal ideas and, essentials.

A Co-op pop-up shop will operate at the Rhyl store, offering more than 100 lines of everyday essential – including bacon, bread and milk – everyday between 8 am-6 pm until the new-look enlarged store re-launches at the end of November.

All of the stores bring a funding boost for local good causes through the Co-op’s Membership scheme – where Members receive a 5% reward when they swipe their card when buying own-branded products, and the Co-op donates a further 1% to local good causes.

Earlier this year (April), approaching 300 good causes in Wales shared more than £500,000 through the Co-op’s Membership scheme. With a similar number set to benefit next month (November).

Good causes benefitting from the Membership scheme have included: Deganwy Playgroup; Age Concern North Wales; Home Start Conwy; Crag Y Don Playgroup; Ruthin Community Nurses Support Group; North Clwyd Animal Rescue; 3rd Prestatyn Scout Group; Rotary Club of Wrexham, and Rhyl Silver Band.

Mike Pengelly, Regional Manager for the Co-op in Wales, said: “We are delighted to have undertaken such a significant investment programme in North Wales – the investment will enable us to better serve our communities, creating employment opportunities while enabling our local Welsh suppliers to reach wider markets. The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum. Our ambition is to ensure each of our stores is a local hub, a real asset for the community.

“We also want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their local Co-op. and have a say in how the organisation is run. And, that we are also giving back to the community. Our members also make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in their area who contribute to improving local life.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the newly launched stores. And students in North Wales holding the NUS extra card receive a 10% discount off their groceries at the Co-op to support them during their studies.

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

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op

Office Depot launches new product line that provides everything businesses need to transform their office

BOCA RATON, Fla, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced the launch of the WorkPro® Flex collection. The new product line offers flexible, multi-use table tops and legs that are ideal for desks, training rooms, conference tables and other unique needs of businesses.

Available today exclusively at Office Depot and OfficeMax retail locations and online at officedepot.com/workproflex, the collection addresses the increasing demand for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes to maximize the use of each and every part of the office.

“Businesses are changing how they use office space, and flexibility is more important than ever,” said Petter Knutrud, senior vice president of merchandising for Office Depot, Inc. “On a given day, the same room – and furniture – may need to serve as a conference room, a training room, and a space for a small team breakout session. Office Depot understands the value of office space and the need for adaptability and is excited to launch the WorkPro Flex collection in order to help businesses meet their workspace needs and inspire creativity and collaboration.”

The WorkPro Flex collection provides everything businesses need to transform their office:

  • Flexibility: With more flexibility than traditional furniture systems, the collection gives users complete freedom to configure workspaces in ways that meet their changing needs. Choose from five versatile table shapes, two professional finishes and three leg styles, including a sit-to-stand height-adjustable option. Set up your flexible office furniture in minutes, and quickly change or reconfigure the tables whenever a new need arises.
  • Quality: Each element of the collection has been carefully designed by furniture experts to ensure the highest quality and optimal function. From heavy gauge tubular steel legs to scratch- and impact-resistant melamine tops, these heavy-duty work surfaces deliver durability, functionality, and quality craftsmanship that is built to last. All pieces in the collection also meet or exceed ANSI/BIFMA performance quality standards for safety and durability established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA).
  • Surprising Affordability: Commercial-grade furniture is often out of reach for many businesses given the high price tag, but with the new collection, you no longer have to choose between quality and affordability.
  • Customization: Whether you’re looking for furniture for a multi-user open floor plan, a private office space, or meeting rooms, the WorkPro Flex collection offers a versatile foundation of options.

To learn more about the collection visit officedepot.com/workproflex or click here to view a video overview.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Media Contacts:

Karen Denning
Karen.Denning@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.’s