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Co-op Food welcomes four new stores in February

March 01, 2016

February was a busy month for the Food Property team – we opened four new shops and exchanged contracts on just under 30 sites.

The four new shops – Cricklewood (north London), Ancaster (Lincolnshire), Longton (Staffordshire) and Moira (Derbyshire) – represent an investment of nearly £2.5 million and bring us four steps closer to reaching our target of around 100 new stores by the end of the year.

Spotlight on Stoke-on-Trent

Our store is built on the car park next to a pub in Longton. Children from a local primary school were the guests of honour at the store’s opening and we’ve seen a really positive response from both colleagues and the local community.

Dan Golding, Store Manager, commented:

“All of the jobs have been filled by local people, which is fantastic. It’s a great start to the year here in the Stoke-on-Trent area with a near £570,000 investment to launch a brand new store that will serve the local community.”

Keith Smith, Longton resident, commented:

“Having this here is a brilliant addition to the community. Elderly people in the area will now have somewhere they can do their shopping with ease. It's a brilliant place for the Co-op to be. Building it on the car park will help to bring more business to both the pub and the shop.”

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