Opening of Horwich Co-operative Food Store with Andrew Nicholson

The Co-op is owned, not by investors or shareholders, but by millions of members up and down the country, that’s what makes us different. One of the ways our members have a say in how our business is run is by suggesting sites for new stores. All successful suggestions are rewarded with £500 worth of Co-op gift vouchers.

Andrew Nicholson, one of our members in the North West, was the guest of honour at the opening of our Horwich Chorley Road store, a site he thought would be a great place for us to serve the community. We ask him why he chose it and find out what being a member means to him.

How long have you been a Co-op member for and what do you enjoy about being a member?

Over ten years now! The fact that the Co-op is run by members is one of the things that makes it different from other big businesses. We have a real say in the future of the organisation and that’s really important to me.

The suggest a site initiative is also fantastic, and I’m not just saying that because I was successful! It’s a really good way for people to be able to tell the Co-op where they think their new stores should be.

Why did you suggest this site?

The site had been derelict for a long time, it was becoming a bit of an eyesore. I knew it had potential though because it was on a busy road, close to plenty of houses and other shops. As a member, I really wanted it to become a Co-op because I like the food and think the quality and choice is good. I actually attended the opening of the store, it was good to see it all come together.

What are you planning to spend your vouchers on?

I really want to go on holiday soon. I didn’t manage to get away this year or last year, so am hoping to get a skiing trip in this winter. It’s something I have wanted to do for a while now.

What would your top tip(s) be for other members who are thinking about suggesting a site?

The site needs to be big enough for the store, back-of-house storage area and, ideally, parking. There needs to be enough passing trade to keep it busy, so it should be in a residential area or close to busy office buildings, schools or other shops. There are some tips on the suggest a site website if you want more details. If in doubt, have a go, they can only say no!


Join the conversation! 10 Comments

  1. They closed a site at a BP petrol station in Hadlow Kent and now have plans to close the local village pub to turn it into a new store, The Two Brewers Hadlow Kent TN11 0DN. it has upset a lot of locals and said they will boycott the store as it will impact on the local shop and post office and take away the main local pub in the village.
    It will also take away local employment as they employ eight local people and use local suppliers for the food and support local businesses.
    I hope this does not happen as the pub is part of the community and the hub for the village where locals meet and passing trade, they have already built houses on the car park so space is for only four cars and when delivery’s are done a small van is used. I cant see trucks making delivery’s there with out creating chaos on the road outside as it is a a single lane road when cars are parked outside the houses opposite.

  2. Hello
    North Cumbria is rapidly becoming devoid of Co-op Convenience Stores with recent closures in Penrith, Carlisle, Workington, Whitehaven and Maryport. I understand the Cockermouth store is to become a Nisa.
    There is an opportunity to start a new convenience store in the Lanes Development in the centre of Carlisle.
    It is an excellent location for city centre trading. Please give it serious consideration .

  3. We have a few derelict sites in Peterlee old school was knocked down and old college closed to make way for a Tesco or morrisons I would love to see a coop instead I don’t know if it may be too close to the shotton and Easington stores

  4. I suggest opening a co op store in harperhey market area as there has not been one here for a number of years you did sell one off in nearbye moston my wife has become ill so i would spend the voucher on her thank you

  5. Crosspool, Sheffield, there is a closed petrol station with land that would make a great store. I highlighted this opportunity about 12 months ago but have heard nothing, only that Tesco are interested.

  6. I did suggest a site in Ealing Broadway a couple of months ago and to date no acknowledgement let alone a reply


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