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Weekly Edition - Published  28 October 2016


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CO-OP to serve up its newest store in Formby

THE Co-op is serving up its newest food store, in Formby, next month with a near £600,000 investment which is creating 20 new jobs.  The new store, which will be located on Queens Road, is expected to launch, on Thursday, 17 November 2016. It will open between 7am to 10pm and include an in-store bakery and a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

The new store will also bring a funding boost to local community groups through the Co-op’s new Membership scheme. Co-op members receive a 5% reward on purchases of Co-op own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going to local causes and groups to make a difference in the community.

The Co-op will also appoint a Community Pioneer, a member of the food store team working to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising to working with charities, schools and voluntary organisations to contribute to local life.

The retailer is holding an event in the Gild Hall, Formby, between 2pm to 6pm, on Monday, 7 November 2016, where members of the community can find out more about the Co-op, the benefits of Membership, and enjoy some food samples.

Helen Horsley, Store Manager, said:- “We are delighted to be making such a significant investment in Formby, to be opening the Co-op’s newest food store is an exciting time for the whole team, our aim is to establish the store as a local hub and we are looking forward to serving the community. The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum; delivering a compelling, convenient and co-operative experience for our members and customers. Our return to the ‘clover leaf’ design logo, 1st used in the 1960’s, links to a time when people really understood how they could be co-owners and members of their Co-op, and how a strong Co-op could help to create strong communities. And, what better way than to give back to communities as a reward for shopping with us. Our members have an opportunity to make a difference locally simply by using their Co-op card when they shop with us and provide much needed funding for organisations who contribute to improving local life.”

There will be offers and promotions in and around the new store to mark its launch. And, students in Formby, who hold a NUS extra card, will receive a 10% discount off their groceries in the store.

The Co-op won 4 major awards in the 2016 Retail Industry Awards, including:- 'Convenience Retailer of the Year.'

Earlier this year the Co-op was described as the fastest growing non-discounter food store according to retail industry data released by Kantar Worldpanel.


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