The Co-op is ramping up investment in Scotland as it prepares to open five brand new stores across the country in the coming months.
The £3.4m investment forms part of the retailer’s £11m 2017 store expansion plan and is set to create 75 jobs.
Local community groups are also set to get a funding boost through the Co-op’s new membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community.
John McNeill, Co-op’s divisional managing director, said: “It’s a very exciting time for the Co-op in Scotland as we gear up to open not one, but five, brand new Co-ops over the next five weeks. As well as being hubs for the local community, our stores are committed to providing a consistently brilliant in-store experience, allowing customers to get what they want, when they want it.
“We’re very proud of how much we’ve achieved so far in 2017 and our membership message really seems to be striking a chord with shoppers. We now have over half a million members who together have helped us to raise £1.2m for almost 600 Scottish good causes.
“Our new store launches, together with our ever-growing range of locally-sourced Scottish produce and increasing member numbers, put us in a strong position as we look towards further expansion in 2018.”
The openings follow last month’s announcement that the retailer will be launching a new 12,000 sq ft distribution centre at Inverness Airport Business Park in 2018.