Central England Co-op set to launch its first new food store in Lancashire this spring with up to 20 new jobs available

Posted by james brindle | Published: 28/01/2022

A new Central England Co-op Food Store is set to open its doors near Leyland this spring and the retailer is on the lookout for new colleagues to join the team ahead of the launch – its first in Lancashire.

The modern, sustainable and environmentally friendly community food store is currently in development off Wigan Road in Clayton-le-Woods.

It is set to include everything people expect from a Central England Co-op store as well as a raft of exciting features such as self-service checkouts, hot food, an instore bakery, Costa Coffee and Tango Ice Blast machines, customer toilets and a dedicated car park for customers.

It will be the first Central England Co-op store in Lancashire, with further expansion into the county planned for later this year.

Recruitment has already started for colleagues to join the store team, with more roles set to go live in the coming weeks.

Matt Garton, Area Manager, said he was excited that Central England Co-op will soon be part of the community in Clayton-le-Woods and that the Society will be making its first steps into Lancashire with this launch.

He also encouraged people of all ages and backgrounds to apply to join the team and help live and breathe Central England Co-op’s purpose of creating a sustainable Society for all.

He said: “We are excited about our new store in Clayton-le-Woods and for it to be our first food store in Lancashire. We cannot wait to be part of the local community and provide vital food and essentials.

“Our Wigan Road store will be a vibrant and modern store with some fantastic features and will see us invest in the local economy and create jobs for local people.

“We are now on the lookout for people to take up roles, with Store Manager and Team Leader roles available to apply for now and more roles set to be added soon. I would urge anyone interested to head to our careers website to find out more about becoming part of Central England Co-operative.”

Anyone interested in applying for one of the roles can find out more information at the retailer’s new careers website at https://careers.coop


Notes to editors

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 8,000 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 20 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.

It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.

Central England Co-op was named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.

Press office contacts: Rob Smyth and James Brindle

Phone - 01543 421390

Email - publicrelations@centralengland.coop