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This year, we’re investing over £160 million in 100 new stores and 150 refits. Our new stores will create around 1,600 new jobs for local people and will offer delicious food, around the corner from where our customers and members live and work.
100 new Co-op Food stores a year
We’ve opened 100 stores each year for the last three years because as the convenience grocery market continues to grow, we’ll grow with it.
2018 has been the strongest year for Co-op properties, with 53 new stores now open and serving their communities so far. And although we’ve got big plans for the whole country, London and the South East are our biggest focus areas, with around a quarter of the stores we’ve opened so far located in the capital.
Our property gems
Our property team manages over 6,000 properties across the country – from stores and Funeral Homes to flats and offices – and Co-ops can be found in all sorts of different buildings, both old and new.
We’ve scoured social media and found some great posts of Co-ops across the country, here are a just a few.
Clarence Street, York
Our Clarence Street store in York is housed in a derelict chapel. We retained many of the existing features, including the original iron columns. Clarence Street’s Co-op was opened by the member who suggested the location to us.
Union Street, Glasgow
Union Street’s Co-op sits proudly at the bottom of the Grade I listed Ca’ D’Oro building in central Glasgow. Built in 1872, the design is said to be based on the famous Venetian building of the same name.
1 Angel Square, Manchester
Our Manchester support centre, 1 Angel Square, is one of the most sustainable office buildings in Europe.
Toad Lane, Rochdale
You can’t talk about Co-op buildings without talking about Toad Lane in Rochdale. It’s the site of the first ever Co-op shop which was opened by the Rochdale Pioneers back in 1844.
Mumbles’ Co-op was a derelict cinema before we redeveloped it. We gave the art deco building a new lease of life, much to the delight of screenwriter and producer, Russell T Davies.
Horbury’s Co-op is one of our oldest stores. It was recently part of a new trial to see how we can make some of our bigger stores work better for members and customers. It’s great to see some of our old stores playing such a big part in our future.
Let us know if you spot some Co-op property gems on your travels.
Head of Acquisitions and New Store Developments