Central England Co-op cuts the ribbon on its new flagship £3m site in Lichfield

Central England Co-op has today officially opened its flagship store in Lichfield following a £3m investment.

Chief Executive Debbie Robinson was on hand to cut the ribbon and reveal to customers and members a range of exciting new features being debuted by the retailer for the first time ever in its business.

This includes a special zero waste refill station that will allow shoppers to only buy what they need and cut down on food packaging and waste, a hot soup station for people needing to eat on the go and a free hot and cold water refill station.

Other innovations include eco-friendly fridges that reduce carbon footprint by 60% and emission free home delivery via the Snappy App, hundreds of new products such as more local suppliers than ever, self-scan checkouts, customer toilets and seating inside and outside of the store.

It will also include a range of safety features in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic such as plastic screens, a one-way system and social distancing measures.

Last month, as part of the major project, a brand-new petrol station was opened on the site as well as a redesigned car park including wider spaces, better traffic flow and improved lighting and walkways, new trees and planters, a new car wash, electric charging points for cars and a bike repair station.

Boley Park Store Manager Jamie Joyce said: “We are delighted to have been able to finally open the doors to our flagship Boley Park store and welcome members and customers to showcase all the new and exciting features for the very first time.

“This project is the biggest single investment on a retail site in Central England Co-op’s history and you only have to look around it to see that it is different from anything we have ever done before.

“We have new innovations such as our refill station to hundreds more products to give people the choice of more local suppliers or access to growing ranges such as vegan.

“We have also ensured we have all the measures in place to ensure that people visiting us can shop safe during this pandemic.

“Every single colleague at Boley Park has waited a long time and worked extremely hard to celebrate this day and we now hope that people from across Lichfield and further afield come along to take a look, see the amazing transformation and support a retailer that puts the community at the heart of everything that it does.”