Central England Co-op news

21 January 2021
In line with much of the UK grocery retail sector major regional co-operative Central England has reported a buoyant Christmas trading performance, announcing sales growth of +9.2% for the three weeks from the middle of December to 2 January. New Year’s Eve saw the highest growth With 260 stores across 16 counties of midland and eastern England, Central England Co-op reported especially str...
15 December 2020
Central England Co-op is running a trial of refill station at its new flagship store in Lichfield. In partnership with Suma The zero-waste refill station was developed in partnership with Suma, a wholesale worker co-operative. Suma supplies the products in the refill hub, such as pulses, cereals, nuts and dried fruits. The latest trial, which will allow shoppers to fill their own contain...
03 December 2020
Central England Co-op is trialling a scan and go app, created by Ubamarket, at its Spies Lane store in Halesowen.  Scan, pay, go The trial is part of the retailer’s efforts to make the shopping experience easier, quicker, and safer for shoppers. On entering the store, shoppers can download the app, scan items as they shop, and pay digitally without having to queue at a checkout. The tria...
14 May 2020
Central England Co-op has announced its full year 2019 results to 25 January 2020. Total turnover grew by 2.7% to £893m. Operating profit increased from £11.9m to £15.5m, whilst trading profit was £17.5m. New store and refit growth strategy The retailer, which operates 242 food stores, introduced new features to its stores throughout the year as part of its new store and refit growth strate...
20 January 2020
Regional co-operative retailer, Central England Co-op, has reported a positive performance over the three key Christmas and New Year Trading weeks. Like-for-like sales were up 3.5% in the three weeks ending 4 th January 2020. Community-based convenience stores trading well The retailer, which has over 240 food stores across 16 counties, said its community-based convenience stores traded pa...
01 April 2019
Regional co-operative retailer Central England Co-op has announced its full year 2018 results to 26 January 2019. Sales grew by 2.5% to £869.9m, while trading profit was up 4.4% to £18.1m. Strong performance in food division Central England Co-op announced strong performance in its food business. Sales increased across its convenience stores, with strong trading during key seasonal events a...
30 January 2019
Regional Co-operative retailer Central England Co-op has confirmed plans to open over 10 new food stores during 2019. Store investment programme The new stores are part of a multi-million pound investment project, that will also see it refit dozens more stores throughout the year. The stores will feature upgraded fixtures and fittings, including new energy-efficient refrigeration technologi...
24 January 2019
Leading regional co-operative retailer, Central England Co-op, has announced a positive performance over the three key Christmas and New Year trading weeks, with like-for-like sales up 4.1% in the period to 5 January across its convenience estate. Strong sales in convenience stores Central England Co-op has revealed that strong sales in its convenience stores was the key driver of this posi...
20 December 2018
Regional Co-operative retailer Central England Co-op opened 10 new stores throughout 2018. New development programme As part of a £13.5m investment programme to improve the experience of customers, Central England opened 10 new stores throughout the UK in 2018. 30 convenience stores were also revamped, with notable developments in Derbyshire, which received over £4m and Leicestershire, Nott...
13 November 2018
Debbie Robinson, UK managing director of SPAR, has been appointed chief executive of Central England Co-op. She will replace Martyn Cheatle, following the announcement that he will retire in May 2019. Breadth of experience and leadership Robinson, who has been UK managing director of SPAR since 2011, brings a wealth of experience, with over 30 years in retail with the likes of Co-op Group, ...