The new, near 3,000 sq ft, convenience store will open between 7am-10pm daily and operate as a franchise of the convenience retailer – operated by Bestway Retail – and, located in St Mary’s Street, Ely.
Ely’s new Co-op includes customer car parking, Costa coffee machine, free ATM, in-store bakery and hot food alongside a focus on fresh; healthy products; meal ideas; Fairtrade products; food-to-go; award winning beers and wines; freezer fillers including Cook ready meals; F’real shakes; pizzas and, free-from; vegan and plant-based products – including Co-op’s exclusive vegan range, GRO.
Deliveroo home delivery is coming soon for added ease, speed and convenience.
A funding boost is provided locally through Co-op’s Membership programme. Membership of the Co-op unlocks additional value through in-store offers and promotions, and sees Members rewarded with 2p in every pound they spend on Co-op branded products which is added to their own personal Membership account balance – Co-op also donates the same amount to local community groups and organisations.
Students in Ely who are TOTUM cardholders – the new name for NUS extra – also receive a 10% discount off groceries at the Co-op.
A soft plastic recycle unit is also available to enable shoppers to recycle soft plastics such as crisp packets and pet food pouches – ensuring all of Co-op’s packaging is recyclable.
Donna Smith, Store Manager, said: “We have had a great response – we are delighted to have the opportunity to launch Ely’s new Co-op store and, to be able to serve the community. Our aim is to operate at the heart of local life and we are looking forward to welcoming Members and customers into their new Co-op – we have worked to create the range, choice, products and added services to create a really compelling offer to serve the community with Co-op’s quality and value, conveniently.”
Co-op has more than 4M active Members, and alongside Food, it operates: Co-op Funeralcare, Insurance and Legal Service