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I’ve been a member for over ten years now. I love being part of a business that’s at the heart of communities and gets involved in big social campaigns, like tackling loneliness and modern slavery. Loneliness affects lots of different people, that’s why I’m supporting the Co-op Foundation with my 1%.
As members, we also have a say in how the business is run – one of the ways we can get involved is by suggesting locations for new stores. That’s just what I did and last week I got to go see my suggested shop in York open its doors to the community.
I got £500 worth of Co-op Food vouchers as a thank you and I’ll be spending them on lots of delicious food. Suggesting my location was really easy – I just had to provide some information about myself and the site – and that was it. I’d definitely recommend giving it a go, you never know what will come of it.
My five top tips for suggesting a new Co-op location
If I’ve inspired you to get out there and find a location for a new Co-op, here are some things to think about:
- is the location in a residential area with lots of houses nearby, or on a busy road with lots of people walking past? Locations close to universities, offices and transport hubs like busy train stations also work well
- can you see the site clearly from the main road?
- the location needs to be big enough for a shop and a few parking spaces
- areas without good convenience stores make great locations for new Co-ops
- try and choose a building that’s for sale or to let. Unless you know the owner is looking to move on, existing businesses are unlikely to work
Co-op Member, York