The Co-operative to open new food store in Newport
The Co-operative Group has announced that it is to open a new food store in Newport, creating around 12 new jobs.
It has agreed a deal to open a store on the site of the former Hartwells car dealership, on Carisbrooke Road. The new convenience store will have approximately 2,000 sq ft, sales area and is expected to open in late 2014.
Gareth Dexter, Regional Acquisitions Manager for The Co-operative Food, said: “The Co-operative Group is proud of its record of operating at the heart of many communities. The investment will bring a bright, modern store with an extensive fresh produce range and excellent customer service. It will ensure a pleasant shopping experience, and people will be able to enjoy picking up delicious food conveniently.
“We look forward to welcoming new customers, meeting the community’s daily food shopping needs and, in the best traditions of The Co-operative, make our contribution to local life.”
The Co-operative Group is owned by its members, who play an active role in the business and in the communities in which it trades. This includes the allocation of money from The Co-operative Membership Community Fund, which is distributed to local good causes.
The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned by nearly eight million members. It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer operating across the country with almost 2,800 local, convenience and medium-sized stores, and is also one of Britain’s leading farming operations. The Group’s banking business operates through over 300 high street branches and 22 corporate centres with telephony and online channels.
Among its other businesses are the number one funeral services provider, the third largest pharmacy chain and a growing legal services provider. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group is a recognised leader and pioneer in its social goals and community-led programmes. The Group operates 4,800 retail trading outlets, employs more than 95,000 people and has an annual turnover of more than £13bn.
Further information is available at www.co-operative.coop
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