Central England Co-operative invests £470,000 in revamping Food Store in Stafford

Central England Co-operative has opened the doors to its refurbished Food Store in Stafford following a major investment.

The Silkmore Lane store has been given a £470,000 makeover which has also created two new units for business use. Inside the store, members and customers will benefit from improved and extended chilled sections for food, snacks and beers, wines and spirits, new decoration, signage and LED lighting and improved tills. The product range has been updated throughout the store to better reflect customers’ requirements.

Store Manager Gemma Highton said: “Our team has been so excited. The revamp looks fantastic and already customers have been making many positive comments about how it looks.

“I would like to thank our members and customers for their patience during the refurbishment and I hope they enjoy the changes as much as we do.

“All of us here at Silkmore Lane Food Store are proud to be part of such a great community in Stafford and are looking forward to welcoming customers, new and old, to come and enjoy our Food Store.”

The Silkmore Lane Food Store is open 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays. 

The store has a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special. The offer includes fresh and local fruit and vegetables, an instore bakery, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen produce and Irresistible product ranges. The store offers Paypoint, Lottery, free cash machine, a defibrillator and parking and has a Post Office Local which is open during store hours.


Notes to editors

Photo captions: 1. Store Manager Gemma Highton opens the revamped food store at Silkmore Lane, Stafford. 2. The store and new business units following the £470,000 makeover.


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, 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