Harris joins The Co-operative’s acquisitions team
The Co-operative Group has strengthened its Food Property team with the appointment of Dawn Harris as Regional Acquisitions Manager for the London area.
Dawn, from Marlow, Buckinghamshire, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the property sector, will work to identify and acquire new sites for food stores, and also store relocations, within Greater and Central London.
She joins from commercial property consultants, CBRE, where she spent the last six months after transferring from Lloyds Banking Group, where she worked for 19 years, most recently as Retail Acquisitions and Disposals Manager. Prior to that Dawn worked in private practice and also for various high street retailers.
Andrew Coles, National Acquisitions Manager, said: “Dawn has a wealth of experience in the retail property sector and we are delighted she has joined the property team to help us grow the food business across the Greater London area.
“She will be a great addition to the team and her appointment demonstrates our commitment to continue our ongoing expansion plans through store acquisitions, extensions and new developments.”
The Co-operative Food opened 83 outlets last year, including the acquisition of 10 Costcutter stores located in Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Brentford. All the former Costcutter stores have been rebranded and will undergo a full refit in 2013, following an investment of £3 million. The Co-operative also launched several flagship stores in key locations, including the Royal College of Art in Battersea.
The Co-operative Food’s acquisitions team, which has doubled in size over the last 18 months, is focusing on properties between 2,000sq ft and 4,000sq ft, on both a leasehold and freehold basis, in high street and local community locations across the UK.
The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over seven million consumers. It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer and a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank and The Co-operative Insurance. Among its other businesses are the number one funeral services provider, the third largest 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.
The Group operates 4,800 retail trading outlets, employs more than 100,000 people and has an annual turnover of more than £13bn. Further information is available at www.co-operative.coop
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