New year, new stores for Co-op

FOLLOWING impressive sales growth last year, the Co-op has unveiled plans to start 2019 with a bang by opening several new stores across Scotland.

The retailer will give 30 existing stores a makeover and open around a dozen new shops: including sites in Alford, Aberdeenshire, Banchory, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Forres, Galston and Glasgow.

The new stores will all have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, food-to-go, meal ideas and essentials, while also supporting the Co-op’s commitment to  sustainability and cutting waste.

Further expansion across the Highlands has also been  earmarked by the firm, with its recently-opened £6m Inverness distribution centre already servicing stores in the region and highlighted as a way to help facilitate future growth.

Stuart Hookins, Co-op’s director of portfolio and development, said: “Shifts in consumer shopping trends has seen ease, speed and convenience continuing to rise in importance for time-pressed shoppers.

“Our strategy is to offer the products members and customers want, need and care about, closer to where they live and work.

“With a focus on looking for new sites which support our ambition to operate at the heart of local life, and deliver our value and values which make a difference in our communities.”