The Co-operative Group has opened its first food store in Manchester.The convenience store on Corporation Street was opened by former Manchester United footballer Lee Sharpe along with store manager Darryl Stuart-Cole (pictured right).
Despite having its HQ nearby, it is the first time the Group has opened a food retail outlet to the public in the city centre. The store is situated alongside the Group's existing financial services and travel outlets, which will bear The Co-operative brand.
As well as being powered by renewable electricity from wind and water, the convenience store is be the first in the UK to use fridge and freezer cabinets, which use carbon dioxide as their refrigerant.
Guy McCracken, Chief Executive, Co-operative Food Retail, commented: "We have revitalised our product range for the launch so that local customers and all our colleagues in the Manchester Co-op complex can enjoy and benefit from the new store."