The Co-operative Food is sizzling with £3.2million investment in Bristol stores

October 31, 2014

The Co-operative food store in Avonmouth has become the latest in Bristol to benefit from a £3.2 million investment programme designed to transform the shopping experience for its customers in and around the city. 

The food store, located on Avonmouth Road, re-opened following a near £350,000 investment to redefine the store with an extended in-store bakery range, and a focus on meal ideas, healthy, fresh foods and essentials.

The Co-operative’s makeover of its Bristol food stores is running at a rate of one a month. Recently re-launched stores include Holloway Road, Stockwood and, Bishopsworth Road, Bedminster Down. Stores in Broomhill Road and Whitchurch are scheduled for major makeovers ahead of the Christmas trading period.

Mike Pengelly, Regional Operations Manager for The Co-operative Food, said:

“I am delighted that there has been such significant investment in the Bristol area as we roll-out our fantastic new food store format with which to serve the community. The new format stores form part of our new food strategy, they are delivering real growth and helping us to achieve our ambition of becoming the UK’s number one convenience food retailer.

“In addition to improvements in the store environment, innovations in our own-brand, ‘Loved by us’, range, plus, a commitment to lowering prices on hundreds of everyday essentials under our ‘Fair and Square prices’ banner are also contributing to growth.

“As a member-owned co-operative, our new-look stores will also work to establish a distinctive community connection. We are piloting dedicated colleagues called Community Pioneers, a title which harks back to the original Rochdale Pioneers and sees colleagues working to foster real community partnerships, from fundraising initiatives to helping to understand and develop solutions to meet local community needs.”


Notes to Editors:

The Co-operative Group, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of “championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities”. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion.

For further information please contact:

Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Group Press Office
Tel: 07702 505551