Central England Co-op proposes new plans for West Yorkshire site that will bring benefits to local community

Central England Co-op is today outlining plans for a new store in West Yorkshire that will bring a wide array of benefits to people in the local area.

Following feedback from residents, the retailer has made a range of changes and submitted a new pre application to the local authority to turn a former medical centre in Barnsley Road, South Kirkby, into a brand new convenience store – a move which will result in major investment in the area and the creation of dozens of new jobs.

The changes include moving the store and service yard to the opposite side of the site and also measures being put in place to reduce noise associated with servicing and deliveries.

The new Food Store will offer shoppers an expansive range of products and will be fitted out with

pioneering new energy efficient refrigeration technologies to minimise environmental impact, LED lighting and a lifesaving defibrillator.

Gavin Glidewell, Operations Manager for the area, said: “We are excited about our new plans for South Kirkby and about being part of the local community.

“The plan will see a vibrant and modern store opening in a convenient area that will provide all customers and members with all of their essentials and also see us invest in the local economy and create jobs for local people.

“We are working hard to ensure that concerns raised by local residents have been investigated and addressed.”

Customers and members can also look forward to taking advantage of a range of community benefits by shopping at the planned store.

The retailer runs a Community Dividend Fund scheme, which gives local good causes and community groups the chance to apply for a grant ranging from £100 to £5,000.

Profits from customers are reinvested for use by the Community Dividend Fund. Recently, four groups and charities in Yorkshire were boosted following a donation of over £6,000 – helping everything from schools to family support charities.

Other benefits from the opening of the planned store would include a wide range of educational and recreational workshops and classes for members and the local community.

The current proposals have been submitted to Wakefield Council for their views prior to the submission of a planning application

Members and customers are now invited to comment at a consultation event to see the plans in full, to have the chance to ask any questions they may have about the proposals and also find out more about the benefits of becoming a Central England Co-op member.

The event takes place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, 15 June at Burntwood Community Centre, Church Mount, South Kirkby, WF9 3QS.


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Picture caption: Artist impression of what the new food store would look like in South Kirkby.


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 2019.


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 member 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 and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390


Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop