New Co-op set to launch in Ancaster creating fifteen jobs

19 February 2016

The Co-op is set to unveil its latest food store next week in Ancaster following a £480,000 investment by the community retailer which has created 15 new retail roles.

Located in Ermine Street, Ancaster, the store forms part of the re-development of the former AC Williams garage site and will be launched on Thursday, 25 February.

The store opens between 6am-11pm and has a focus on fresh, healthy foods, chilled beers and wines, meal ideas and essentials. It has an in-store bakery, dedicated car parking and an ATM.

Part-time retail roles are still available at the store and anyone with a passion for food and serving the community should call in to the store to speak to store manager, Stuart Wallis.

The store also launches its Community Pioneer role where a member of the food store team, Jenna Doll, will also work to foster involvement in community activities such as local fundraising initiatives and working with local charities, schools and voluntary organisations to make a difference in the community. Jenna will also lead the store’s support for the British Red Cross, the Co-op’s new charity partnership which will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in local communities.

The Co-op is the fastest growing non-discounter food store according to latest retail data released by Kantar Worldpanel* - the community retailer has grown its Loved by us and Truly Irresistible own-label sales by 7%, with sales of fresh and chilled produce growing fastest. As consumers increasingly shop little, often and conveniently, The Co-op is also confirmed as the most frequently visited major supermarket.

Stuart Wallis, Manager of the Co-op’s new store in Ancaster:

“It is a great way to start the year with such a significant investment in the area, the creation of new jobs and to be launching the Co-op’s newest food store – it is an exciting time for the whole team and we are delighted to have the opportunity to serve the community.

“The Co-op is investing to transform and grow its convenience business. The store looks fantastic and we are confident that it will become a real asset to the community. As a community retailer, and a co-operative, it will play its part in local life too - we look forward to welcoming the community into their new local Co-op.”

There will be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch. Students in the area – who hold a NUS extra card – also receive a 10% discount off their groceries in the store.

The Co-op has also announced a £125M investment in lowering the price of everyday essentials – a move which has seen it prune the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables including revolving offers on popular fresh produce, known as “fresh three”.

*Data released by Kantar worldpanel on 9 February 2016

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551