The Co-operative Group has opened a convenience store on the Strand in London as part of a drive to open more city centre locations and increase its presence in the capital.
The retailer said it is planning to open more than 300 food outlets over the next three years, creating around 7,000 jobs.
It has invested £1m in the new 24-hour, central London store, which it claims is the first convenience store in the UK to be wholly lit by energy-saving LED lighting, saving 35% of energy consumption.
As well as the general store lighting, all fridges, freezers and external signage use Philips LED lighting technology.
Peter Marks, group chief executive, The Co-operative Group, said: “The Strand store – just down the road from Buckingham Palace – gives us unique coverage around the UK and reaffirms our position as the UK’s number one community retailer.”