£500k Bedfordshire Co-op opens

A new Your Co-op Food store in Stewartby, Bedfordshire, following a £500k investment from The Midcounties Co-operative, creating 15 new jobs for the local area.

The 3,000 sq ft store is located on Clay Avenue and has a full food-to-go offering as well as a Costa Coffee machine.

The store is home to an in-house wine expert, store manager James O’Farrell-White, who is on hand to provide customers with advice on the best wine choices for a range of tastes as well as ideas for food pairings.

The Your Co-op Food store in Stewartby will support The Midcounties Co-operative’s pledge to limit the use of single-use plastic and help shoppers make more sustainable choices by selling only compostable carrier bags, joining more than 140 other food stores in the scheme.

O’Farrell-White said, “My colleagues and I are so pleased to open the doors to our new Your Co-op Food store following the investment.

'We can’t wait to welcome customers and I’m sure they’ll be impressed with the new store and a wide range of products we have available. I’m certainly looking forward to sharing my recommendations on the excellent wine selection we’ll have available.”

The launch of the new Stewartby store will be the fourth food store investment from The Midcounties Co-operative in recent months, following openings at Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire, Botley in Oxfordshire and Bidford-on-Avon in Warwickshire.

The Midcounties Co-operative is committed to supporting its communities and has been working hard with its members, colleagues and customers to help them through the coronavirus pandemic in recent months. This included launching a home delivery service with local volunteers to help the most vulnerable in its communities, as well as raising tens of thousands of pounds for food banks and providing grants to help community groups affected by the pandemic.