Central England Co-op invests over £10m in new sites & refits in 2020

Central England Co-operative has revealed it has invested over £10m and created hundreds of jobs as part of major expansion plans during 2020 – despite the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Throughout the year the Society has opened eight new food stores, a new coffee shop (pictured), and two new funeral booking offices, as well as relaunching more than 25 food stores following a major refit programme.

The major development programme has seen investment in the following areas: Birmingham, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Warwickshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

The food stores now offer shoppers an expansive range of products and are fitted out with pioneering new energy efficient refrigeration technologies and LED lighting to minimise environmental impact, while all stores are powered by 100% renewable energy.

Many of the stores also include free water refill stations, self-scan tills, phone charging areas, indoor and outdoor seating, bike repair stations and customer toilets.

2020 also saw Central England Co-op open its brand new £3 million flagship food store in Boley Park, Lichfield, including a brand-new petrol station, redesigned car park, extensive landscaping and a range of ‘first’ features for the Society such as a special zero waste refill station that allows shoppers to only buy what they need and cut down on food packaging and waste.

A new coffee shop was opened at the Society’s Littleover Food Store, working with the Insomnia Coffee Company as their franchise partner on a £620,000 investment, which created a modern and stylish coffee shop with community space.

Store Manager Jamie Joyce said, “All of us here at Central England Co-operative food stores across our trading area are proud to be part of such great communities and are looking forward to welcoming all customers, old and new, to come and enjoy our new and revamped food stores.”