The Co-operative stages property networking events

November 15, 2011

The Co-operative Food’s Property team is staging two networking events in the South West and Wales to target new stores across these regions as part of its ongoing acquisitions programme.

Property agents, developers and landlords are invited to meet The Co-operative Food Property team at the regional events, which are being held in Bristol on Thursday, 24 November, and Cardiff on Friday, 25 November.

The Co-operative has a rolling programme to open more than 300 UK food outlets over the next three years, employing over 7,000 people, and has up to 20 stores opening across the UK in the next few months, including new stores as far afield as Edinburgh, Devon and Newport, South Wales.

The Co-operative, which is the UK’s fifth largest food retailer, is focusing on stores, either leasehold or freehold, between 2,000 and 18,000 sq ft, particularly in high street and local community locations.

Earlier this year, The Co-operative also expanded its Food property team in the South West and Wales, appointing Gareth Dexter as Regional Acquisitions Manager for the South West, and John Hillman as Regional Acquisitions Manager for South Wales.  This followed the appointment of Matt Long as Senior Acquisitions Manager for the South, with responsibility for the acquisitions managers in the South, including the South West and Wales.

Stuart Hookins, The Co-operative Food’s Head of Portfolio Strategy, Acquisitions and Disposals, said: “The Co-operative Food is forging ahead with its acquisitions programme to expand its estate, and we are specifically looking for new locations across the South West and Wales.

“We are actively searching for new opportunities to grow the business and this is a great opportunity to meet and work with agents, landlords and developers to identify the right properties in the right locations and in the heart of local communities across both these regions.”

The networking events will be held at:

 

  • The Botanist Bristol, 20a Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1HP on Thursday, 24 November, from 12 noon until 2pm.
  • The Promised Land, 4 Windsor Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BX, on Friday, 25 November, from 12 noon until 2pm.

For further information, or to book a place, contact Emma Allen on emma.allen@co-operative.coop  or telephone 0161 246 2266.


 

Additional Information:

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over six million consumers. It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, the leading convenience store operator and a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank, Britannia and The Co-operative Insurance. Among its other businesses are the number one funeral services provider and Britain’s largest farming operation. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group has also set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies almost 50 commitments in these areas.

 

The Group operates 4,800 retail trading outlets, employs more than 106,000 people and has an annual turnover of more than £13bn.  Further information is available at www.co-operative.coop

 

Contact Information

Michelle Henderson
Public Relations Manager - Food
The Co-operative Group
Tel:  0161 827 5290
Mob: 07770 925 958
Email: michelle.henderson@co-operative.coop