The Co-op is injecting major investment into Yorkshire with the opening of ten new food stores and extensions or upgrades to a further eleven.
This is part of a more than £15m investment programme across the Yorkshire region during 2018 and is expected to create up to 250 jobs in the region.
Planned new stores include sites in York; Harrogate and Northowram; overhauls for petrol filling stations in Ingleton and Mytholmroyd; and extensions or improvements scheduled for existing stores including in Thirsk; Helmsley and Sheffield.
The stores all bring a funding boost to local communities through the Co-op’s membership scheme which sees members receive a 5% reward when buying own brand products and services, and the Co-op donating a further 1% to local good causes.
Since the Membership scheme launched in September 2016, around £2m has been shared with 900 good causes in the Yorkshire area.
Community groups and causes currently benefitting include Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity, Doncaster Housing for Young People; Harrogate and Knaresborough Toy Library; Wakefield Riding for Disabled; Ryedale Foodbank and, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.
John McNeill, the Co-op’s divisional managing director, said: “The Co-op is positively responding to the changes occurring within this dynamic sector.
“Our Food business is going from strength to strength in what is clearly a challenging retail market.
“We have the ambition for our stores to be at the heart of local life, bringing communities together and offering our Members and customers great quality products when and where they need them.
“We’re delighted to be making such a significant investment in the region again in 2018, investing in our people, stores, products, prices and communities with over 20 new or improved stores this year.
“Such sustained investment is indicative of our long and proud history in Yorkshire – we are passionate about serving the many diverse communities across the county and want to give shoppers the opportunity to buy what they want, when and where they want it, in great looking stores that also give back to the communities that they serve.
“The Co-op is moving forward with real purpose and momentum, we have around 500,000 active members in the region, members who not only receive a 5% reward for themselves when they buy our products but – with the Co-op donating a further 1% to good causes – they have also helped to raise £2M so far for hundreds of community groups in the region who make a difference to local life.”
The Co-op’s expansion in Yorkshire forms part of the community retailer’s UK-wide plans to open around 100 new stores in 2018.
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