Black Country food store gets fresh new look with £100k makeover after proving a lifeline to community during pandemic

Posted by rob smyth | Published: 09/07/2021

A community food store in the Black Country where colleagues have been going above and beyond to support locals during these uncertain times has been given a fresh new look following an investment of over £100,000.

The Central England Co-op in Tame Road, Brandhall has received a raft of updates to give it a fresher, lighter feel and to include several new ranges and features to boost its offering to the local community.

This follows the store’s colleagues working around the clock to ensure vulnerable people across the community have continued to have access to vital food and essentials through the Coronavirus pandemic.

The community food store has been undergoing a makeover in recent weeks with changes including:

  • An updated product range including an improved food to go section with a new hot food offer and additional refrigerators for a better chilled food range
  • New internal signage and decoration
  • New internal features such as a new Costa Coffee Machine and Tango Ice Blast Machine
  • New external features such as a seating area and two new parent and child car parking bays

Store Manager David Mills said: “It is really positive for both the team here at Brandhall and for the community to be having this investment. It’s particularly great to have the new refrigeration section which has really boosted our offer to customers and members, as well as all the other new features.

“We’ve had some great feedback so far from customers who are just happy to see the investment in their community as it shows them that we are here for them for the long-term.

“I would like to thank the community for their patience while the work has been completed but I hope they agree with us that it has been worth it.”

The Brandhall Food Store is open every day 7am-10pm. The store has a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special and also offers a lifesaving defibrillator, cash machine, Collect Plus/Paypoint, Lottery, instore bakery and a customer car park.



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About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.


Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 7,800 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 16 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.


Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.


It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.


The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 


It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.


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