Co-op has served-up its newest convenience store today (Thursday, 26, May) opening in MediaCityUK, Salford.
The Manchester-based Co-op’s new 5,300 sq ft store is to be powered by 100% renewable electricity, and has created 20 local jobs.
The new MediaCity store brings the number of Co-op stores in Salford to seven – including its ‘store’ in Weatherfield which, as part of a landmark partnership with ITV, sees Co-op on the cobbles of Coronation Street.
Opening from 6am-11pm Monday-Saturday, and 11am-5pm on a Sunday, Co-op’s new Media City store includes a host of added services for ease, speed and convenience including: John Lewis parcel collection and return, Amazon and DPD parcel collection, Deliveroo, a free ATM, and the Click & Collect of groceries through Co-op’s own online shop – coop.co.uk/shop
The store also offers Co-op’s own-brand Fairtrade coffee dispenser – Ever Ground, a bakery, hot food, Yo Sushi, freshly baked pizza, local suppliers – including Salford’s Seven Bro7hers Brewing Co and a focus on fresh, healthy products, meal ideas, food-to-go, award winning wines, ready meals, free-from, vegan and plant-based products – including Co-op’s exclusive vegan range, GRO and, everyday essentials.
MediaCity’s Co-op also includes a recycle unit for ‘soft plastics’ including: crisp packets, bread bags, lids from ready meals and yogurt pots, biscuit wrappers and, pet food pouches. Compostable carrier bags – which were first trialled by Co-op in Salford before being used UK-wide to eliminate single-use plastic bags – are also available for shoppers who forget their reusable bag. There is also a free water refill station where shoppers can fill up their own water bottles.
A funding boost is provided locally through Co-op’s Membership programme. Membership of the Co-op unlocks additional value through in-store offers, and sees Members rewarded with 2p in every pound they spend on Co-op branded products which is added to their own personal Membership account balance. The Co-op also donates the same amount to local causes and community organisations. The store also supports and is a collection point for Salford Foodbank.
Simon Williams, Co-op’s MediaCity store manager – who has worked for Co-op for approaching 30 years, said: “We have had a great response. We are delighted to have the opportunity to serve MediaCity and welcome the community into their Co-op. Our aim is to operate at the heart of local life, whether it is food-to-go, something for the evening meal, parcel collections or online delivery and click & collect we have been working to develop the range, choice, products and added services which will create a really compelling offer to serve MediaCity, conveniently.”
Stephen Wild, managing director of MediaCity said: “The opening of the Co-op in MediaCity is an essential and fantastic addition to the convenience offering here. As we continue to welcome more workers, students and visitors back to our creative destination and as MediaCity’s expansion plans continue at a pace, the Co-op will undoubtedly become the cornerstone of our community. We look forward to supporting them in their success here.”
Students in MediaCity who are TOTUM cardholders – the new name for NUS extra – also receive a 10% discount at the Co-op.
Co-op has around 4.6M active Members, and alongside Food, it operates: Co-op Funeralcare, Insurance and Legal Services.