Central England Co-op acquires six Travel Shops

Central England Co-operative has agreed the transfer of six Travel branches from Thomas Cook.

An agreement has been reached that will see the Travel branches currently based in Central England Co-op Food Stores in Atherstone, Oakham, Stirchley, Castle Donington, Glenfield and Ibstock transferring to the Society in early October 2018.

Talks are now taking place with all colleagues about transferring across to Central England Co-operative under Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment (TUPE) legislation.

Paul Dale, Head of Specialist Business at Central England Co-op, said: “This is great news for customers, colleagues and members and we are delighted to announce the expansion of Central England Co-operative Travel from 20 to 26 branches.

“This will now mean that we will be able to offer even more people a wide choice of products from a variety of tour operator partners across more locations than ever before.

“More customers and members will now be able to book their travel and holiday arrangements with our highly skilled colleagues while enjoying membership benefits and all in the convenient surroundings of one of our local Food Stores.”

Central England Co-operative Chief Executive Martyn Cheatle said: “We are delighted to announce that we have acquired the six Travel branches from Thomas Cook.

“This will now mean we can showcase the expertise of our travel colleagues to more customers and members and continue to offer a vital service to our local communities.”

The Society is now recruiting for a range of roles at the new sites and more details can be found by visiting www.cecjobs.coop


Notes to editors

                Below is full list of Central England Co-operative Travel Shops:

  1. Alvaston, Derby
  2. Erdington, Birmingham
  3. Great Barr, Birmingham
  4. Rushden, Northamptonshire
  5. Whetstone, Leicester
  6. Bedford, Bedfordshire
  7. Bourne, Lincolnshire
  8. Market Deeping, Lincolnshire
  9. Diss, Norfolk
  10. Kings Lynn, Norfolk
  11. Lowestoft, Suffolk
  12. March, Cambridgeshire
  13. Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
  14. Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire
  15. Spalding, Lincolnshire
  16. St. Neots, Cambridgeshire
  17. Thetford, Norfolk
  18. Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
  19. Beccles, Suffolk
  20. St Ives, Cambridgeshire


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 400 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 2018.


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 a number of 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 members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop


For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative


Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop