co-op franchise

Co-op has announced plans to pilot seven new franchise convenience stores.

The retailer has signed an agreement with UK independent service station operator MRH.

The first of seven 1,000-1,500sq ft stores, which will stock Co-op products and branded goods, will open in May 2017 in Eastcote, North West London, with the pilot running throughout the year.

The partnership follows Co-op’s 25 store tie-up with McColl’s to provide own-brand products.

Karen Dickens, chief executive at MRH, said: “This pilot is an exciting development for MRH, and part of a wider move to increase the retail offering for customers at our sites.”

Jo Whitfield, retail chief executive at Co-op, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the Co-op to expand its presence further in the convenience sector, which is one of the fastest-growing areas in UK grocery.

“This will enable us to test the franchise model and potentially pave the way for further expansion to move the Co-op brand and our own-brand food into new communities.”

Sainsbury's has also announced plans to build  a Sainsbury's local franchise system, aimed at working with independent retailers.

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Charlie is the news editor for RN. Each week, Charlie gets to the heart of the convenience retail industry to bring RN readers the latest news that will affect their store. Charlie can be found on Twitter at @CharlieFaulkRN, or contacted via charlie.faulkner@newtrade.co.uk and on 020 7689 3357.

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