Co-op serves-up new Preston store

Co-op Head of PR Craig Noonan officially opening the new store with staff members Kelly McDonald, Steve Biss, Josh Shevlin and Zoe Warnock.

Co-op served-up a new food store in Preston on Friday 4 December following a £635,000 investment that has created 12 jobs for local people.

The Garstang Road store runs on 100% renewable electricity and includes customer car parking, an in-store bakery and Seattle Coffee alongside a focus on fresh, healthy produce, ready meals and pizzas, free-from and vegan products, Fairtrade, food-to-go and everyday essentials.

Stephen Biss, Co-op Store Manager, said: “We have had a great response – we are delighted to have had the opportunity to make such a significant investment in Preston and look forward to serving our community. The store has a great look and feel, and we have worked to develop the range, choice, products and services locally that will create a really compelling offer and enable the store team to serve the community quickly, easily, safely and, conveniently.”

Alex Price, Co-op Area Manager, added: “We are committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally, and to operating at the heart of local life. We also want customers to know that they can become a Member of the Co-op. In addition to unlocking additional value and personalised offers, our Members make a difference to local causes, with Co-op now donating 2% to community causes every time a Member swipes their Membership card when buying own branded products.”

Students who are TOTUM cardholders – the new name for NUS extra – can pocket a 10% discount off groceries at the Co-op.

Contactless card payment limits are increased to £45, making it easier, quicker and safer to shop.

The Co-op’s Community Shopping Card makes it easier for those self-isolating or who have been instructed to stay at home to shop and pay for their essentials – cards can be purchased or topped-up by calling 0800 029 4592, enabling friends, families, neighbours or volunteers to shop on their behalf in store.

While the store’s Food Share scheme works to minimise food waste and make a difference locally by supporting local not-for-profit organisations who work to tackle food insecurity.

Co-op provides a funding boost locally and saves shoppers money through its re-launched membership scheme. In addition to personalised offers and exclusive in-store deals, Members are rewarded with 2p in every pound they spend on Co-op branded products added to their Membership account balance. The retailer also donates a further 2% to community causes.

Co-op is owned by around 4.6 million active Members and alongside Food, it operates: Co-op Funeralcare, Insurance, Health and Legal Services. As well as unlocking extra value in food stores, Members are eligible for discounts across the Co-op, with savings also made on funerals, insurance policies and legal products and services.

More information about the benefits of Co-op Membership is available by visiting https://www.coop.co.uk/membership

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