Erdington food store gets fresh new look with £70k makeover after proving a lifeline to community during pandemic

A community food store in Birmingham 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 £70,000.

The Central England Co-op in Marsh Lane, Erdington has received a raft of updates to give it a fresher, lighter feel and to include a number of 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 to better reflect customers’ requirements including an improved food to go section

•            New features such as a brand-new Costa Coffee machine

•            New internal signage and decoration

Store Manager Dan Goodby said: “It has been really exciting for all of us here to have had this investment. It has been a big boost for the team but also for the community as well and we have already had some lovely feedback from our customers which is so nice to hear.

“I would like to thank everyone for their patience while the work has been carried out and hope they agree with us that it has definitely been worth the wait.”

The Marsh Lane Food Store is open every day Monday to Sunday 7am-9pm.

The store has a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special and also offers a cash machine, Collect Plus/Paypoint, Lottery, an instore bakery and customer car park.


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 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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