The Southern Co-operative has opened its 200th convenience store, in the city the business was originally established in.
Formerly known as the Portsea Island Mutual Co-operative (Pimco), The Southern Co-operative opened its first food shop on Charles Street, Portsmouth, on 9 May 1873. The organisation now has food branches and funeral homes across Berkshire, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire, plus an online shopping service for daily living aids.
The 200th store is just seven miles from the original, and its opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony, a giveaway of 200 bottles of Prosecco, 200 cupcakes and plenty of balloons. A £500 donation was also presented to The Rowan’s Hospice, a Purbrook charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
“My colleagues and I are absolutely thrilled to be part of The Southern Co-operative’s 200th food store opening in Purbrook,” said Nick Simms, the new store’s duty manager.
Amanda Clapham, director of marketing & income generation for The Rowan’s Hospice was “thrilled and delighted to be invited to help open The Southern Co-operative’s new shop”, adding that the £500 donation would help the charity provide vital services to patients, their families and carers within the communities of Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.