Owestry Co-op embarks on £350,000 makeover and creates new retail roles

April 20, 2016

The Co-op food store in Gobowen, Oswestry, closes on Monday, 18 April, to receive a near £350,000 makeover to enhance the shopping experience for the community.

The food store, located in The Cross, Gobowen, is to embark on a major investment which will see it have an enhanced in-store bakery and a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

A Co-op pop-up shop will arrive on site to serve the community with more than 100 lines of popular grocery products and essentials until the store re-opens on Friday, 29 April.

The new-look store will extend its opening hours to 6am-11pm and will create two new retail roles. The installation of a Costa coffee dispenser, new flooring and, new refrigeration - to enhance its range of dairy, meats and ready meals - will further improve the shopping experience and convenience for the community. People interested in finding out more about the positions available should have a passion for food, customer service and community-spirit and can pop in to the store to speak to its manager, John Jones.

In addition, the appointment of a Community Pioneer will underpin the Co-op’s commitment to playing its part and making a difference in the local community – a Community Pioneer is a member of the food store team who also spends time working with local schools, charities and voluntary organisations in order to support fundraising initiatives and make a difference to local life.

John Jones, Manager of The Co-op’s Gobowen store, said:

“The Co-op is investing to transform and grow its convenience business and, we are delighted to have the opportunity to make such a significant investment in our Gobowen store – it will have a fantastic new-look and it really is an exciting time for the whole team.”

Guests of honour at the store’s re-launch will be children from Gobowen Primary School – the school is the current focus of in-store fundraising in a bid to raise the money needed to kit the children out in a new football strip.

There will be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch. Students in Oswestry – who hold a NUS extra card – also receive a 10% discount off their groceries in the store.

The Co-op last month (March) announced an investment to lower the price of over 200 of its own-branded British meat and poultry products. Its annualised investment in lowering prices will this year top £200M. By the end of the year, The Co-op will have reduced prices on more than 1,000 everyday essentials including pruning the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables.

The Co-op is the fastest growing non-discounter food store according to retail industry data released by Kantar Worldpanel in February - the community retailer has grown its Loved by us and Truly Irresistible own-label sales by 7%, with sales of fresh and chilled produce growing fastest.

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop