25 May 2022

Co-op serves-up a new-look, larger, store in Steeple Claydon to better serve the community where it also trials innovative construction techniques designed into the build to support its work towards sustainability ambitions to achieve net zero for its direct and indirect carbon emissions*.

The community retailer has relocated to a new 2,500 sq ft store – around 1,000 sq ft larger than its previous store – in Addison Road, Steeple Claydon. The new, improved, store supports 16 local jobs and, is powered by 100% renewable electricity.

Co-op is also giving the community a chance to “Make A Wish” and it will spend £5,000 on a project or projects that will make a difference to local life. This could include: football kits; public recycling bins or even brand-new picnic benches and tables – the community can make a wish in store or online from 26 May – 6 June.

The new Co-op opens between 6am-11pm daily, and also includes a recycle unit for ‘soft plastics’ where the community can recycle: crisp packets, bread bags, lids from ready meals and yogurt pots, biscuit wrappers and, pet food pouches. Compostable carrier bags are also available for shoppers who forget their reusable bag.

Co-op has worked to adopt a ‘cradle to cradle’ approach for the build which will see between 80%-100% of the foundations, superstructure, glazing, cladding and insulation materials used in the construction of the store fully demountable and able to be used again. Sheep wool is used for insulation and, solar panels are to be installed on the roof. The build also includes an external living wall is built into the design which is made from recycled car battery housings, and can be irrigated through rainwater and shown to reduce noise, create habitats for wildlife and reduce pollutants occurring in the air through particle capture. The store also re-cycles the energy used by its fridges to heat the store and provide its hot water requirements.

Steeple Claydon’s Co-op includes a host of added services including parcel collection, a free ATM and the Click & Collect of groceries through Co-op’s own online shop – coop.co.uk/shop – for added ease, speed and convenience.

The store also offers Co-op’s own-brand Fairtrade coffee dispenser, bakery, hot food, and an extended focus on fresh, healthy products, meal ideas, food-to-go, award winning wines, ready meals, free-from, vegan and plant-based products – including Co-op’s exclusive vegan range, GRO and, everyday essentials.

A funding boost is provided locally through Co-op’s Membership programme. Membership of the Co-op unlocks additional value through in-store offers, and sees Members rewarded with 2p in every pound they spend on Co-op branded products which is added to their own personal Membership account balance. The Co-op also donates the same amount to local causes and community organisations.

Lyndsey Barber, Co-op’s Steeple Claydon Store Manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to serve-up a new-look, extended and improved store to serve the community. It is also exciting to be involved with a store with so many initiatives designed to not only help Co-op work towards its carbon reduction ambitions, but also help our Members and customers make small changes to their everyday lives which, together, can add up to making a big difference to the environment. Our aim is to operate at the heart of local life, and we have worked to develop the range, choice, products and added services which will create a really compelling offer to serve the community, conveniently.”

Students in Steeple Claydon who are TOTUM cardholders – the new name for NUS extra – also receive a 10% discount at the Co-op.

Co-op has around 4.6M active Members, and alongside Food, it operates: Co-op Funeralcare, Insurance and Legal Services.

*Last year, Co-op announced its 10-point Climate Plan which set out a blueprint for it to achieve net zero for its direct and indirect carbon emissions by 2040.

More information about the benefits of Co-op Membership is available by visiting https://www.coop.co.uk/membership

Further information:
Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702505551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

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