34 new Co-op stores create 500 jobs

We have ambitious plans to expand our convenience store estate across the UK. We plan to open 100 shops in 2017 and beyond. We consider all locations, both leaseholds and freeholds, as well as existing groups and businesses. We’re competitive, happy to retain introducing agents and our team of regional acquisitions managers are quick to respond to all enquiries.

We opened another 34 new shops in the first half of the year, investing £21 million and creating around 500 jobs for local people. We also refitted nearly 100 stores across the country, improving the shopping experience for thousands of people in those communities.

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A growing business

More people are choosing Co-op than ever before, that’s why we’re still expanding. Our like-for-like sales have been increasing consistently for over five years, with much of this growth being driven by sales of our award-winning own-label products.

Our shops are conveniently located close to where our customers live and work, so we’re perfectly placed to meet their needs.  A recent survey showed that we’re the top-up shop destination of choice for one in three customers, ahead of M&S, Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s.

More than just a shop

In April we celebrated giving £9 million back to 4,000 local causes chosen by our members. This is part of a wider membership offer that will see £100 million a year go back to members and communities by 2018. You can find out more about this, and other causes that we’re championing, in The Co-op Way Report.