Investment of £116,000 by Central England Co-op brings a brand-new look to Cambridgeshire food store

Posted by james brindle | Published: 24/11/2021

A Central England Co-op shop in the Cambridgeshire town of March has been transformed with an investment of £116,000 giving a boost to the local community.

The food store in Badgeney Road, March has received a makeover to give it a lighter, fresher feel and includes some exciting new features and ranges for locals to enjoy.

The community food store in March has been undergoing the makeover in recent weeks with changes including:

  • New product ranges to suit shoppers’ tastes      
  • Fantastic new food to go section with features such as hot food and brand-new Costa Coffee and Tango Ice Blast machines
  • Refreshed signage and decoration inside

Store Manager Sam Lefevre said: “We are really excited to have received this investment in the store and it is really positive for us as a team and for our customers and members. It feels like a completely new store.

“The feedback from our customers and members has been really great with them commenting on it having such a nice look and feel now and that the whole customer journey is just much better. It’s been lovely to hear.

“I would like to thank our local community here for their continued support and for their patience while we brought our new look store to life, and I hope they agree with us that it’s been worth it.”

The Badgeney Road Food Store is open every day 7am-10pm. The store has a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special and also offers a lifesaving defibrillator, cash machine, Lottery, Collect Plus/Paypoint, an instore bakery, customer toilets and a customer car park. The store also now offers a home delivery service via the Snappy Shopper app with shopping delivered via an eco-friendly electric van.


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 7,800 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 16 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

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.

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