Co-op is set to revamp and relaunch 10 coffee shops after agreeing a deal with Churchill Catering.
The shops, which will take the new brand name ‘& Coffee’, will stock locally produced products and are being designed to act at ‘community hubs’.
The stores will be opened between August and October, with the first opening at the Ridgeway store.
The other ‘& Coffee’ shops will be located at Co-ops stores in in Heathfield, Holmfirth, Hove, Inverness, Louth, Peacehaven, Ryde, Wadebridge, and Wickford.
Mark Pettigrew, Director of Innovation & Format at Co-op, said, “We want the coffee shops to be a place for the community to meet and enjoy a range of quality drinks and snacks, all under the new ‘& Coffee’ banner.
“We’re really excited to be partnering with an expert in this field and to be able to offer our customers new reasons to visit us as we deliver a great new coffee experience.”
Ian Surtees, Chief Executive Officer at Vertas Group, of which Churchill Catering is a part, said: “Securing this contract with Co-op is a huge accolade for us, putting us firmly on the map as a nationwide partner in the retail catering sector.
“It’s a result of a lot of teamwork, being transparent and open from day one and the track record Churchill Catering has in running these types of contracts.
“Co-op is one Great Britain’s most trusted brands so it’s a wonderful honour to play our part in that success continuing.
“We are looking forward to working side by side with the in-store managers to create community hubs that provide more than just a great cup of coffee.”