Leicester distribution hub gets a snazzy canteen upgrade

Over 300 workers at the Leicester distribution base of a major co-operative are enjoying breakfast, dinner and tea in spruced up surroundings following a major investment.

Major improvement works have taken place at Central England Co-operative’s Food Distribution Centre and Chilled Distribution Centre, both based in Scudamore Road, to improve colleague canteen areas.

Hundreds of workers work across the sites 24-7, 364 days a year to ensure that over 40 stores in Leicester and hundreds more across 16 counties are stocked with everything from chocolate to fresh fruit.

The canteen at the 120,000 sq ft Food Distribution Centre has had a range of improvements including new flooring, furniture, recycling banks, and energy saving LED lighting.

Down the road at the 42,000 sq ft Chilled Distribution Centre, the canteen has been expanded so more people can relax and refuel at the same time as well as new fridges and vending machines being installed.

Both canteens have also been given a lick of paint and now feature stunning murals on the walls.

Robin Farrell, Head of Distribution and Logistics at Central England Co-operative, said: “Our team of dedicated and hard-working colleagues are committed to working around the clock to ensure our customers and members get exactly what they need when they head into our stores.

“This work to improve our canteens has breathed new life into both areas and offers a great place for colleagues to unwind, relax and eat during their downtime.”


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Picture caption: Food Distribution Centre colleagues celebrate the official opening of their new canteen following a major refurbishment.


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 / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop