// Co-op joins forces with Newcastle University Student Union to launch first franchise store in the north east
// The existing students’ union store will be extended & transformed in time for Fresher’s
// The union will create new jobs for students who will manage the new 2500sq ft store
Co-op has teamed up with Newcastle University Student Union to launch its first franchise store in the north east later this year.
The agreement will see the existing students’ union store extended and transformed with a fresh new-look in time for Fresher’s this September.
The union will manage and run the new 2500sq ft store, which will create new jobs for the students.
The store will offer Co-op’s full range of foods, extended vegan and free-from offerings and a wide range of Fairtrade products.
Compostable carriers which offer an eco-friendly alternative instead of plastic bags are at hand for customers who left their bag-for-life at home.
Meanwhile, Co-op’s Membership scheme offers a funding boost for local causes, where members receive a five per cent reward for purchasing own-brand products, with the grocer also donating a further one per cent to causes in the area.
“This is an important development for Co-op. Our Franchise stores provide an exciting opportunity to grow our brand and create value for our partners and communities,” Co-op head of new channels, Martin Rogers said.
At the heart of the Co-op it is about connecting communities, bringing people together and making a difference.
“In line with other work we are doing with Students’ Unions across the country Newcastle Union is a natural progression, with the new store having the choice, ease and convenience tailored to serve campus needs.”
Moreover, Co-op franchise stores also operates on campus at Leeds and Kent University.