Happy Saint David's Day from Co-op Food Property
Saint David’s Day, or Dydd Gŵyl Dewi in Welsh, falls on 1 March every year and has been a national day of celebration within Wales since the 18th Century. As a proud Welshman, and the Co-op Food’s Regional Acquisitions Manager for Wales, I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to share some of our new store successes from the past year or so, and to give a bit of a sneak preview of what we’ve got coming up over the next 12 months as well.
2015 at a glance
We launched 9 stores in Wales in 2015, investing over £5 million and creating over 150 jobs for local people. The shops we opened can be found right across the country – from big cities like Swansea, to villages like Llanrug on the north coast.
Our newly relocated store in Llanfairfechan launched at the end of last year. The previous store had a limited range and wasn’t really fit for purpose, so we moved it to a bigger site that better met the needs of the local community. The shop stands out for me because it is open and trading thanks to a suggestion from one of our members. That was pretty special as it shows how members have a real say in how the business is run.
Looking to the future
So, what does this year hold? Well, we’re going to open around 100 stores across the UK, 10 of which will be in Wales. Some of the locations we’ve got in the pipeline include Wrexham, Rhos-on-Sea and Llanharan.
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