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 The Co-operative Group now has a food store in every UK postal area after unwrapping a
 flagship store in the Strand, London WC2.
Online PR News – 04-March-2011 The Co-operative Group now has a food store in every UK
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postal area after unwrapping a flagship store in the Strand, London WC2.

The opening of the £1 million convenience store in central London marks a major milestone for the
consumer-owned retailer and emphasises its unique community reach.

The Co-operative's Strand store is also believed to be the first convenience store in the UK to be
100 per cent illuminated by innovative energy-saving LED lighting, which saves at least 35 per cent
on lighting energy consumption. Along with general store lighting all fridges, freezers and external
signage use Philips LED lighting technology.

Protecting the environment by reducing energy consumption is a key element of The Co-operative's
Ethical Operating Plan, which is part of their Join the Revolution campaign and includes the
toughest carbon reduction targets of any major business in the UK.

The flagship store, which is open 24 hours, is spearheading The Co-operative's ambitious plans to
open more than 300 food outlets over the next three years, creating around 7,000 jobs.

The expansion plans include a renewed focus on stores in city centre locations, including the
capital, where The Co-operative is looking to increase its presence.

Following the acquisition of the Somerfield supermarket chain in March 2009, The Co-operative
Food is already the UK’s fifth largest food retailer with nearly 3,000 local communities stores
nationwide.

The Co-operative also has another 2, 000 trading outlets across the UK, including high street travel,
pharmacy and bank branches.

Speaking at the opening, Peter Marks, Group Chief Executive, The Co-operative Group, said: "The
Strand store - just down the road from Buckingham Palace - gives us unique coverage around the
UK and reaffirms our position as the UK's number one community retailer."

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Media Information
Name      : Dave Smith
Email     : dave.smith@co-operative.coop
Url       : http://www.co-operative.coop/
PO Box : Public Relations
         The Co-operative Group
         New Century House
City      : Manchester
State     : Greater Manchester
Zip Code : M60 4ES
Country : United Kingdom

								
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