The cosmopolitan area surrounding Leeds Co-operative's Cardigan Road store in Headingley has been given a high-tech insight into the values and principles behind the co-operative way of community retailing.
‘Cutting edge' plasma screens and an interactive computer are telling shoppers about the roots of Co-operative trading in Leeds, its commitment to the community and its belief in responsible retailing.
The Headingley store facelift is part of a major programme to refurbish key branches in the Leeds Co-operative foodstore network.
But the improvements in hot and cold food, including a new bakery concession, an expanding range of organic and Fairtrade products, and the wines and spirits departments, are also featuring helpings of ‘the co-operative difference'.
"Over the past few years people have realised that Leeds Co-operative is more than a place to shop," says the Chief Executive, Alan Gill. "We are part of a wider social belief in creating a better society for everyone.
"Computer and plasma screen technology is helping us to let our customers know about special offers and product promotions as well as to explain what we stand for, who our members are, and how we put unique co-operative values into practice on a daily basis."