Co-op to invest £3.4m creating 75 jobs

The Co-op is ramping up its investment in Scotland during October and November, as it prepares to open five brand new stores across the country.

The £3.4million investment forms part of the retailer’s £11million 2017 store expansion plan and is set to create 75 jobs for local people.

John McNeill, Co-op’s divisional managing director, said: “It’s a very exciting time for the Co-op in Scotland as we gear up to open not one, but five, brand new Co-ops over the next five weeks. As well as being hubs for the local community, our stores are committed to providing a consistently brilliant in-store experience, allowing customers to get what they want, when they want it.

“We’re very proud of how much we’ve achieved so far in 2017 and our membership message really seems to be striking a chord with shoppers. We now have over half a million members who together have helped us to raise £1.2million for almost 600 Scottish good causes. Just by swiping a membership card, people can make a real difference to local life and become a co-owner of their local Co-op.

“Our new store launches, together with our ever growing range of locally-sourced Scottish produce and increasing member numbers, put us in a strong position as we look towards further expansion in 2018.”

The openings follow last month’s announcement that the retailer – which was recently crowned Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards – will be launching a new 12,000 sq ft distribution centre at Inverness Airport Business Park in 2018.