The Co-op launches 30 new stores in run up to Christmas

The Co-op launches 30 new stores in run up to Christmas
The Co-op defies the wider grocery sector by expanding its property portfolio.
// The Co-op spends over £25m on new store openings
// Grocer is focused on small, 5000sq ft properties for expansion
// Up to 500 jobs created with new store launches in November & December

The Co-op has spent more than £25 million opening 30 new stores in the UK across November and December.

Defying the trend for shrinking property estates, the grocer has focused new locations at transport hubs and residential apartments, creating up to 500 jobs in the process.

READ MORE: November grocery sales slow down despite Black Friday

The retailer said all of its new stores will run on 100 per cent renewable electricity.

“Ease, speed and convenience continue to rise in importance for today’s time-pressed shopper – and, our focus is all about selecting the right location to deliver what our members and customers want, need and care about, conveniently,” Co-op portfolio director Stuart Hookins said.

New Co-op stores opening in November and December include:

  • Barrachnie, Baillieston Road
  • Biggin Hill, Rosehill Road
  • Bognor Regis, Chichester Road
  • Bristol, Coronation Road
  • Broughton, Garstang Road
  • Burgess Hill, Kings Weald
  • Cambridge, Cherry Hinton Road
  • Carmarthen, Jobs Well Road
  • Chichester, East Street
  • Derbyshire Lane, Sheffield (S8)
  • Edinburgh, Milton Road West
  • Forest Hill, Stanstead Road
  • Forres, Grantown Road
  • Galston, Henrietta Street
  • Gravesend, East Milton Road
  • Greenwich Peninsula, Chandlers Avenue
  • Hoylake, Market Street
  • Ilford, Longwood Gardens
  • Milborne Port
  • New Waltham, Station Road
  • Newbury, Monument Close
  • Northwood Hills, Joel Street
  • Pontesbury, Hall Bank (Shropshire)
  • Purton, Station Road
  • Rochester, Riverside
  • Salford Quays
  • Stirling, Causewayhead Road
  • Stornoway, Cromwell Street
  • Wemyss Bay, Shore Road
  • Willesden Green (NW2)

The Co-op added that it iwa looking to “freehold or leasehold” commercial property sites of up to 5000sq ft – a strategic move to add smaller stores to its estate also seen by Morrisons, according to Collier’s UK Grocery Real Estate Review for 2019.

The Leeds-based retailer is said to be expanding cautiously in “pioneering locations” by opening food only stores in locations where they currently lack representation and a gap in food store provision exists.

Yesterday, new results from Kantar Worldpanel showed Lidl had reached a market share high of 6.1 per cent, bringing it neck-and-neck with the Co-op.

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  1. I am surprised that Bognor & Chichester taking into account The Southern Co-op group have already swamped the area with store’s, however I must say Co-op seem to have raised their game in terms of store standards.

    • Southern Co-op have branches throughout Brighton & Hove which was technically Group territory….I would rather any Co-op, either Group or independent Society, open up rather than a competitor!

  2. Great news, however the one store we use in Dunkeld Highland Perthshire, is very
    small for its burgeoning clientele, dowdy, poor presentation of goods due to size of
    store not the fault of staff . The business head office may have considered investing
    more in Dunkeld but due to the shortage of land in the heritage village, they could
    consider purchasing the upper building(s) where the current shop is located. Any
    answers ?

  3. BUT they are selling our village store in Glenfield, Leicester to Morrison’s taking away our post office and other in house clothes and book store. They say the staff will keep their jobs BUT the post office staff are well trained in post office procedures not shop floor work a total waste of their experience and leaving Glenfield without a post office….I personally have emailed both co-op and Morrison’s but have not had a satisfactory response….the staff have been left in the dark ….

  4. But the will not pay to have doors fixed? And many of the staff at this store have fallen ill due to this issue, 2 months now with the double doors open all day, right next to the till areaso the staff are freezing. Love the way they look after the staff.


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