Co-op to open The Original Factory Shop concessions

Co-op and The Original Factory Shop have announced plans to open up to 30 concessions inside the retail business’ food stores across the next 15 months.

The concessions will sell The Original Factory Shop’s range of bargain-based clothing, pets, electrical and homewares and will also offer a party shop service, as well as click and collect.

The move is part of the Co-op’s wider plan to generate additional services in store.

“Co-op is committed to operating at the heart of local life and creating value in our communities - we are working to develop new ways to provide added services and choice, conveniently, The Original Factory Shop compliments our fantastic range of food, groceries and every-day essentials,” said Mark Matthews, Co-op director of innovation and format. “It attracts new and different customers and, supports our work to create a compelling offer to serve our members and customers locally.”

Outlets opening inside Co-op stores include: Hereford, Plympton, Stornoway, Whitby, Prudhoe, Shotts, Kippax, Cranleigh, Machynlleth, and Lampeter.

“We’re really excited to be working with the Co-op,” said Phil Briggs, managing director, The Original Factory Shop. “It marks the coming together of two great community retailers and is testament to the importance of convenience stores and the role that these shops play in local life.”

Briggs added: “It means that many local communities will get to discover The Original Factory Shop’s great bargains in a whole new way.”

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