Co-op Group to open new store and petrol station in Chester

The site features a petrol station and a 2,800 sq. ft. food store

A multi-million pound investment has seen the Co-op Group open a new petrol filling station and extended food store in Handbridge, Chester.

As part of the redevelopment, the petrol station on Queen’s Park Road has been given a complete overhaul of its infrastructure, with a new layout to improve traffic flow.

The 2,800 sq ft store will serve coffee and having an in-store bakery alongside its focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, hot food, sandwiches, award-winning wines and essentials.

Eddie Jenkinson, national fuels manager, Co-op Group, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to make further significant investment in the Chester area. Overhauling the petrol filling station and enhancing the food store in Handbridge in order to better serve the needs of the local community. We have been having a great response, with the re-development benefiting both the community and visitors to the area – and, it’s a great way to mark the 175th anniversary year of the Co-op.”

Dave Kay, Co-op Group area manager, said: “It is our aim to establish the store at the heart of local life and contribute to the community – the store will have a great look and range, it’s all about getting closer to our members and customers, providing what they want, need and care about, conveniently.

“We also want customers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op, and that the Co-op gives back to its members and the community – our members help us to make a difference locally, raising money for local causes simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us.”

The site will officially open tomorrow, 19 July, generating 17 jobs in the local community.