March 25, 2019


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CO-OP to return to Ancoats after 125 years

The Co-op has announced plans to return to Ancoats – 125 years after it opened one of the first stores in the country in the Manchester suburb.

The first Co-op opened on Toad Lane in Rochdale, and was quickly followed by a number of others, including one on Mill Street in Ancoats. Launched in 1894, it sold everything from groceries and haberdashery, to coal and fabric.

 Later this year a new store will open on Blossom Street – less than half a mile from the original site, and will offer a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy foods, meal ideas, ready-to-go food and essentials.

 The new store will also bring a funding boost locally through Co-op’s Membership scheme – members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-brand products and services, with Co-op donating a further 1% to causes. Organisations that have benefitted include Mustard Tree, a homeless charity based in Ancoats, and Women Asylum Seekers Together.

 Zoe Mills, National Acquisitions Manager at the Co-op, said:

“We are thrilled to be returning to Ancoats, and to be bringing a little piece of history back to the area.  The new store will have signage that celebrates our heritage in the area as well as being in keeping with the look and feel of the neighbourhood.

 “We will be offering every day essentials, which means residents will have these on their doorsteps, and we’re committed to supporting neighbouring businesses and will stock a range of local products, including the nearby Seven Brothers Brewery.”

 Jennifer Bendik, Manchester Life’s Chief Operating Officer, commented:

“Many of our residents have requested a convenience store for life’s essentials, so we’re delighted to have the Co-op returning to its Ancoats roots to support the ever-growing community.”

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