Central England Co-op cuts the ribbon on £3m site

Central England Co-op has today opened its flagship store in Lichfield following a £3m investment.

Chief executive Debbie Robinson was on hand to cut the ribbon and reveal to customers a range of new features being rolled out by the retailer for the first time.

This includes a special zero waste refill station that will allow shoppers to only buy what they need and cut down on food packaging and waste, a hot soup station for people needing to eat on the go and a free hot and cold water refill station.

Other innovations include eco-friendly fridges that reduce carbon footprint by 60% and emission free home delivery via the Snappy App, hundreds of new products such as more local suppliers, self-scan checkouts, customer toilets and seating inside and outside of the store.

Last month anew petrol station was opened on the site as well as a redesigned car park.

Boley Park store manager Jamie Joyce said: “We are delighted to have been able to finally open the doors to our flagship Boley Park store and welcome members and customers to showcase all the new and exciting features for the very first time.

“This project is the biggest single investment on a retail site in Central England Co-op’s history and you only have to look around it to see that it is different from anything we have ever done before.”