More store revamps at the Co-op Group

Sites in North Wales and Worcestershire are benefiting from a total investment of £2.5m

The Co-op Group has reopened its petrol filling station and food store in Coedpoeth, Wrexham, following an overhaul.  

The site underwent a near £2.5m investment which saw the installation of replacement tanks, pumps, forecourt and canopy, along with a rebuilt and extended food store.

The expanded store, on High Street, supports up to 20 local jobs, and offers increased customer car parking, coffee and an in-store bakery, alongside its focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, food-to-go, award-winning wines, every day essentials, and, the Co-op’s exclusive new vegan brand, Gro.

Local supplier Village Bakery was at the launch to showcase its products. In addition, to mark St David’s Day, the Group’s Fresh 3 promotion will see leeks and potatoes – from award-winning Pembrokeshire grower Blas-Y-Tir – and Welsh grown daffodils on offer in-store until 4 March.

Eddie Jenkinson, national fuels manager at the Group, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to make further significant investment in North Wales – overhauling the petrol filling station and enhancing the food store in Coedpoeth in order to better serve the needs of the local community. We are confident that the re-development and enhanced offer and facilities will benefit both the community and visitors to the area.”

Store manager Clywd Davies said: “It is our aim to establish the store at the heart of local life and contribute to the local community, the store has a great new-look and range and we want to create a real community hub. It’s all about getting closer to our members and customers, providing what they want, need and care about, conveniently.

“We would like to thank our members and customers for their patience and understanding during the closure and extensive works – it is a major investment in the infrastructure which significantly enhances our offer locally to better serve the community moving forward.”

Meanwhile two of the Group’s stores in Worcestershire are receiving upgrades worth a combined £1m.

In Dines Green, a pop-up Co-op shop is continuing to serve the community while the Gresham Road store embarks is refurbished. It re-opens on 20 February, following a £550,000 programme of investment.

The Group’s Ronkswood food store will re-launch on 12 March.

Both stores will run on 100% renewable electricity, and will see an improved stock range similar to the Coedpoeth site.

Area manager Jon Bottomley said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to invest such a significant amount in our stores in the Worcester area – they will have a great new look and range, and I am confident it will enable the Co-op to better serve our communities.”