Central England Co-op (CEC) has enhanced its offering to its loyal customers and members at its Belper food store after partnering with the UK’s leading local, value brand retailer to open a new concession at the store creating five new jobs.
The Original Factory Shop has opened a large, brand new concession within the Strutt Street food store, giving a boost to the retail offer in the Derbyshire market town.
The concession, which occupies 3,358 square feet, will see the Original Factory Shop bring its range of bargain-based clothing, pet products, electricals, homewares, a party shop service and reserve and collect to the local community.
Its launch has been welcomed by Central England Co-op Belper Store Manager Kerry Smith who said she and the team were ‘delighted’ to welcome their new partners to the Strutt Street store.
She said: “We’re proud to be part of the local community here in Belper so therefore we are delighted to welcome such a popular store as The Original Factory Shop to be part of what we’re able to offer.
“We’re continually looking at new ways to maximise the space of our larger community stores and benefit our customers and members by providing them with great options to help them along with the vital food and essentials they need.”
The Original Factory Shop manager, Helen Bowler, said: “We’ve got a fantastic new team and brand new concession launching at the Belper Central England Co-op this week. The fact that we have been able to recruit five new job positions within the local area adds to the buzz and helps us to better serve our local community with expert knowledge and advice.”
The Belper launch is the fourth link-up between CEC and The Original Factory Shop and the second in Derbyshire, after it launch a concession at its Ripley store late last year.
The Central England Co-op Food Store is open Monday to Saturday 8am-8pm and Sunday 10am-4pm, while the Original Factory Shop concession is open Monday to Saturday 9am-5.30pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.
The food store has a wide range of products from everyday necessities to something a little more special and offers a lifesaving defibrillator, self-checkouts, cash machine, Lottery, Collect Plus/Paypoint, an instore bakery and a customer car park.