3 January 2017 - Janet Bird
A hundred new Co-op convenience stores will open across the UK in 2017, the grocer has announced.
Co-op plans to spend £70 million on the ambitious expansion plans, with the new stores based predominantly in London and the South-East.
While the so-called 'Big Four' supermarkets - Sainsbury's , Tesco, Morrisons and Asda - shelve their growth plans amid post-Brexit economic uncertainty - the Co-op is on a major drive to expand its retail footprint.
It opened 100 new stores in 2016 and intends to open hundreds more over the next few years.
Five of the new stores planned for 2017 will open in London before the end of March. In addition to those planned for the capital and the South-East, new outlets will open in Beverley, Yorkshire; King's Bromley, Staffordshire; Northfields in East Lothian; Swansea and Sheffield.