Co-op brews up at new flagship site in Lichfield

Central England Co-op’s £3m flagship site in Lichfield will soon be home to a coffee shop creating up to 10 jobs.

The retailer has teamed up with the Insomnia Coffee Company to bring the fast-growing coffee chain’s first Staffordshire outlet to its Boley Park Food Store.

Insomnia is Ireland’s leading independent coffee shop chain where it was founded in 1997.

The coffee shop is set to launch in April in time to initially offer a takeaway service and outdoor dining, in line with Government guidance, before hopefully opening fully to customers in the summer as restrictions ease.

The coffee shop will be the latest phase of the revamped Boley park development to open after the launch of the food store, new petrol filing station and redesigned car park late last year, with two other units ready to house a gym and fish and chip shop opening this summer to complete the project.

Jamie Joyce, Central England Co-op store manager at Boley Park, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from the local community to the new Boley Park food store since we opened in November.

“We are now excited to be able to have Insomnia on board to deliver a high-quality café as part of the store, offering fantastic Fairtrade coffee and a great selection of sandwiches, cakes and snacks, which will really enhance the offer to our customers and members.”

Harry O’Kelly, CEO of Insomnia Coffee, said: “We are delighted to be opening our second store in partnership with the Central England Co-operative. After the warm welcome we received in Littleover, we are very excited to open our doors in Boley Park at the end of next month.”