The Co-operative begins £7 million roll out of David Sands conversions

September 10, 2012

The Co-operative Food is embarking on a £7 million investment programme to convert all the David Sands stores into Co-operative Food outlets by the end of the year.

The next three stores to get a new look, at Darnhall Drive in Perth, Dollar Road in Burntisland and Main Street in Crossford, near Dunfermline, will all open as Co-operative-brand stores on Thursday, 20 September.

Three were refitted in June as part of a pilot, and the 22 remaining David Sands stores, across Fife, Kinross and Perthshire, will all be refitted during the coming weeks.

In all, almost £7 million is being invested in the stores. Shoppers will benefit from new-look stores with increased ranges of meat and fresh produce.

Existing Post Offices will remain in those stores which have them, and all will continue to sell bakery items from local supplier Stephens. Popular services, The National Lottery and Paypoint, will be retained.

Children from local schools will help the store staff cut the ribbons to officially open the Perth, Burntisland and Crossford stores, on Thursday, 20 September.

John McNeill, The Co-operative Food’s Regional Stores Director in Scotland, said: “These stores operate at the heart of their local communities, something The Co-operative Food has a great track record in doing. We are looking forward to welcoming customers, and I’m sure they’ll enjoy shopping in the new-look stores.”

The Co-operative Food, already Scotland’s fourth largest food retailer, acquired David Sands chain earlier this year.

Staff from Co-operative Food and David Sands stores have joined forces to raise money to help a Glenrothes family whose two-year-old daughter needs pioneering surgery to help her walk.

Little Kayla has cerebral palsy, and her parents, Katie Bird and Grant Neilson, of Shiel Court, Glenrothes, are raising funds so she can have life-changing surgery at a specialist hospital the United States. All David Sands and Co-operative Food stores in Fife, Perth and Kinross have in-store collection points for donations, and a series of additional fundraising events are being held.

As the David Sands stores become part of The Co-operative’s family of businesses, customers who are members of The Co-operative Group can benefit from its unique share of profits scheme. The Co-operative Group gives a share of its profits back to members, who can either keep the cash or donate all or part to local good causes, via the Group’s Community Fund.

Additional Information:

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over seven million consumers. It is Scotland’s fourth biggest food retailer, and the leading convenience store operator, with more than 370 food stores, covering an area from Shetland in the north to Annan in the south.

The Group is also a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank and The Co-operative Insurance. It is Scotland’s number one funeral services provider, a major pharmacy chain, and one of Britain’s largest farming operations.

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 over 50 commitments in these areas.

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Contact Information:

Steve Broughton      
Assistant PR Manager – Regions
The Co-operative Group
07834 090 014