Central England Co-op officially opens first store in Lancashire

Central England Co-op has launched its brand new store in the Lancashire village of Clayton-le-Woods creating 18 new jobs – the first time it has opened a shop in the county.

The Society officially opened its store in Wigan Road, offering locals food and essentials on their doorstep, with local schoolchildren helping to cut the ribbon.

The community food store offers shoppers an expansive range of products and features such as self-service checkouts, an extensive food to go section including hot food, Insomnia Coffee and Tango Ice Blast, a customer car park and customer toilets with baby changing facilities.

The modern, spacious store also features special eco-friendly fridges, LED lighting and a free water refill station in line with the retailer’s sustainability goals, as well as outdoor seating and a community noticeboard.

Store Manager Saj Bax remarked, “It’s great to have finally opened our doors and welcome our new customers and members to see our fantastic new store and see what we have on offer.

“All of us here are proud to be part of such a great community in Clayton-le-Woods so we were delighted to welcome children from Lancaster Lane Primary School to join us on our opening day and cut the ribbon on the new store.

“It was also great to welcome Leyland Food Bank down and help kick off our relationship with a donation to support the brilliant work they are doing supporting the community.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank local residents for their patience as work on the store has progressed. It’s been long-awaited, but hopefully everyone will enjoy the store as much as we do.”

The store is now open from 7am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday and it offers a wide range of products including fresh fruit and vegetables, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen product, fresh pastries and bread from the in-store bakery and Co-op Irresistible and Fairtrade product ranges.