New jobs now available as Derbyshire food store set to be boosted by brand new coffee shop

Posted by James Brindle | 14/02/2020 | Category: Food

A Central England Co-operative food store in Littleover will soon be home to a fast-growing coffee chain’s first Derbyshire outlet.

Insomnia Coffee Company is set to open its doors in Central England Co-op’s Burton Road store and recruitment for five new roles is currently under way.

Insomnia is Ireland’s leading independent coffee shop chain where it was founded in 1997 but has been rapidly expanding into the United Kingdom with outlets across the country, including in a number of Debenhams and Primark stores.

Central England Co-operative have chosen Insomnia as their franchise partner, and the new branch at Littleover will open its doors after Easter. The Society is delighted to boost its offering to customers and members at its Burton Road supermarket with this new community addition. 

Tony Wills, Central England Co-op Store Manager at Burton Road, said: “The Society has been looking into the best way to utilise space at our Littleover Food Store to improve the offer available to our customers and members for some time.

“Therefore, I am really pleased to have Insomnia on board to deliver a high-quality café within the store, offering fantastic Fairtrade coffee and a great selection of sandwiches, cakes and snacks, which will really enhance the in-store experience.

“As a co-operative retailer which takes great pride in its support of the Fairtrade movement and in its record on sustainability and the environment, we are delighted to partner with Insomnia which shares our ethos in both those areas, selling 100% Fairtrade coffee and tea, as well as continually driving to improve its environmental sustainability.”

Harry O’Kelly, CEO of Insomnia Coffee, said: “Central England Co-op is the largest independent retail co-operative society in the UK, so this is a partnership we are very excited about and are delighted to open our doors to the community of Littleover after Easter."

The redevelopment of the Burton Road store to house the new café, will also see the store’s frontage refreshed as part of the project.

Five positions, both full-time and part-time, including Team Leader and Baristas, are now available to apply for at, with the closing date for applications February 26.


Notes to editors

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.

Central England Co-operative has over 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2020.

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports several charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting

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About Insomnia Coffee Company

Insomnia is Ireland’s leading independent coffee shop chain and the 15th largest in Europe. It has grown from a single location in a Galway Bookstore in 1997 to over 170 stores throughout Ireland and the UK, both on the high street and in partnership with retailers such as SPAR, EUROSPAR, Primark, Debenhams, Eason, An Post, Meadows & Byrne and Maxol.

The company also has 400 self-service machines in operation in Ireland and the UK.

Insomnia was recently awarded the ‘2019 Retail Franchise of the Year”, “Best QSR Loyalty Programme of the Year 2019” by the Irish Loyalty Awards with their Treats Loyalty System.

The Insomnia Cavan store was also recently named in the Top 30 stores in Ireland in the Retail Excellence Awards 2019. As well as “Franchisor of the Year” at the Irish Franchise Awards 2019 and “National Café Chain of the Year” in the Irish Quality Café Awards.

Insomnia currently employs 400 people throughout Ireland directly in its company-owned stores, along with a further 300 people through its concessions and franchised stores.

Insomnia has been Fairtrade certified since 2006 and sells more than 30 million Fairtrade cups of coffee each year. The Insomnia blend is a unique recipe, roasted weekly using speciality grade beans sourced from Colombia, Tanzania, Peru and Sumatra.

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For Further Information please contact: Denise Howard, Marketing Executive, Insomnia Coffee Company Tel: 353 87 87 297 6701  E:

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