New Co-op store in Bedford to create 15 new jobs

A new Co op store is to open in Queens Drive, Bedford
A new Co op store is to open in Queens Drive, Bedford

Fifteen new jobs are to be created with plans to open a new Co-op store in Bedford,

The proposed store, which represents an investment of over £1 million, is scheduled to open on the site of the former Queen’s Tavern Pub in Queens Drive in the summer.

The 2,500 sq ft store is located in the heart of the community, and will have an in-store bakery, locally sourced products and a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

James Harrison, senior acquisitions manager for the Co-op, said: “We’re looking forward to opening a new store in Bedford. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to provide shoppers with our wide range of award-winning food, in a store designed to be easy to use for everyone.

“The new store will also bring a funding boost for community groups through the Co-op’s recently launched Membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community.”

Some of the local good causes that have recently benefited from the scheme include Bedford Sports Foundation, Kempston Community Association, and FACES Bedford, who shared a pay out of £4,500.

Students in the area who hold a NUS extra card can also enjoy a 10% discount off their groceries at the store.

Tony Hind, head of new store development, added: “We’re committed to finding great locations for our new stores. We know people want to be able to buy high quality food near to where they live and work, in handy-sized shops that are open at convenient times. We opened 100 new stores last year and will open another 100 again this year and are always on the lookout for new sites.”