Central Co-Op opens its first store on the Wirral

Posted by sam bishop | Published: 04/11/2022

Central Co-op has officially opened a new store in Eastham, creating 30 jobs and marking its first store on the Wirral - and its 7th store opening this year.

The modern community store offers locals an expansive range of food and essentials on their doorstep, with features such as self-service checkouts, an extensive food to go section with hot food options, a range of Fairtrade products and car parking on site. 

The store also features an Insomnia Coffee Shop, where visitors from the community can relax with a Fairtrade coffee or tea, as Insomnia is offering a free small coffee and muffin to Central Co-op’s members until 30th November.

Members receive exclusive offers and discounts but as owners, they are also able to have their say in how the Society runs, as well as being able to access community funding – so the store is inviting Wirral locals to consider signing up.

Following an investment of £1.05 million, the store has been fitted with eco-friendly fridges, LED lighting, and a free water refill station in line with the retailer’s sustainability goals.

Heygarth Primary School was invited to cut the ribbon on the new Eastham store, and enjoyed a tour from the Store Manager, Jemma Gordon, who said: “We’re so excited to become embedded in the thriving local community in Eastham, and it’s great to finally have our doors open to welcome Wirral locals to our newly refreshed store.”

A food bank collection point has also been installed to help support the Goodwill To All campaign running this month, along with a toy collection point for the Christmas Toy Appeal.

Shoppers visiting the new Eastham store can sign up to become a Central Co-op member to receive a range of special offers including discounts on over 50 everyday essential items, join member groups and activities and help support the local community through the Society’s Community Dividend Fund.

The store is now open from 07:00 to 22:00, Monday to Sunday and it offers a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special, including fresh fruit and vegetables, chilled beers and wines, fresh and frozen product, fresh pastries and bread from the in-store bakery and Co-op Irresistible and Fairtrade product ranges.


Notes to editors

About Central Co-op

Central Co-op is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK, with a heritage stretching back over 175 years and interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its 7,700 colleagues serve customers across 440 plus trading sites in 19 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. 

Its purpose is to create a sustainable Society for all. 

It actively campaigns for food justice and works with FareShare Midlands and a network of local food banks. It also adds £1 to every Healthy Start Voucher redeemed in store and supports six schools in partnership with Magic Breakfasts.

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter. The Society is also a member of Diversity in Retail and it is fully committed to addressing the impacts of climate change by reducing carbon and food waste, increasing recycling and investment in community Sustainable Spaces funded by the carrier bag levy. It recently launched its Malawi Partnership to support farmers and producers in the country through the Co-operative International Trading Development Fund.

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £109,769.25 shared out between 121 good causes in 2022.

Press office contact: Sam Bishop, PR Specialist

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