Co-op sinks £1m into Welsh store refit

The Co-op is serving-up a new-look food store in Treorchy, Wales, following a £1m, eight-week, programme of works.

Located in Station Road, the 9,000 sq. ft. store – which supports 30 local jobs and re-launches on Thursday, 31 October - runs on 100% renewable electricity.

It includes a bakery, Costa coffee dispenser and Hermes parcel service, alongside a focus on fresh and chilled products, food-to-go, vegan and free-from foods, award-winning beer and wine.

As part of launch day celebrations the Co-op and its construction partners will also be carrying out thousands of pounds worth of work to the nearby Treorchy Primary School – renovating an outdoor area with new fencing, artificial turf to enable children to play out-of-doors all year round and, a new roof for the pagoda.

The Co-op provides a funding boost for local causes through its membership scheme - Members receive a 5% reward when they purchase own-brand products, and Co-op gives a further 1% to local causes.

Co-op also offers a 10% discount off groceries to TOTUM cardholders (the new name for the NUS extra card) to support students during their studies.

Daryl Hodges, Co-op Store Manager, said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to make such a significant investment in Treorchy - it has a great look and range and we are receiving really positive feedback. We are looking forward to welcoming customers old and new into their new-look Co-op. Our aim is for the store to operate at the heart of local life, a community hub making a difference locally.”

Erin O’Mahony, Co-op Regional Manager, added, “Co-op is committed to making a difference and creating value in its communities – whether that is through sustaining local jobs, giving back to local causes or, our support for Welsh suppliers and agriculture. It is all about delivering what our members and customers want, need and care about, conveniently.

'We also want our community to know that they can become a co-owner of their Co-op, and that as a Member they raise money for local causes every time they swipe their Membership card when buying own-brand products. The investment in Treorchy is a great way for Co-op to mark its 175th anniversary year!”