Co-op Group opens three new food stores

The retailer adds to its estate with two stores in London and one near Chester

The Co-op Group has launched three new food food stores – in Saighton, Cheshire; Barking, east London; and Highgate, north London.

The Saighton store, on Sandy Lane, opened last Friday following a £480,000 investment creating up to 18 local jobs.

The purpose-built store opens between 6am-10pm daily and, runs on 100% renewable electricity.

Area manager David Kay said“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to make such a significant investment.”

The Group also opened a store in Rivergate Square, Barking Riverside. Guests of honour at the launch included representatives from the King George and Queen’s Hospitals charity which received a £2,000 donation to support their work in the community as part of launch day activities.

The store opens 7am-11pm daily.

Store manager Ravi Sandaname said: “We have had a fantastic response – the store looks great and we are looking forward to serving our community.”

Hema Sirvervi, Tom, Linda, Siva, Sutha Kailasapillai, Ravi Sandaname, Adie Flude and Sumeetha Radjaramr open the Grouo’s store in Minter Road, Barking

And the Group’s Highgate store, in the Archway, Junction Road, has opened following a £640,000 investment creating up to 20 local jobs. It opens between 7am-11pm daily and runs on 100% renewable electricity.

Store manager Dinesh Patel said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to make such a significant investment – we have had a great response.”

Highgate manager Dinesh Patel opens the store with colleagues Harshall Patel and Marina Militaru

All three stores include an in-store bakery, Costa coffee and hot food alongside a focus on fresh, heathy produce, award winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, free-from and vegan products, Fairtrade, food-to-go and, everyday essentials.

The Group is reminding shoppers that its Community Shopping Card makes it easier for those self-isolating or who have been instructed to stay at home to shop and pay for their essentials . Cards can be purchased or topped-up by calling 0800 029 4592, enabling friends, families or volunteers to shop on their behalf in store.

And to help keep people safe during the Covid-19 crisis the contactless payment limit has been increased to £45.

All three stores run a Food Share scheme to minimise food waste and make a difference locally, working with local not-for-profit organisations to share food with those in need in the community.

The stores also support local causes through the Group’s membership scheme, where members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own brand products, and the retailer donates a further 1% to community causes.