CO-OPERATIVE Food has continued to make inroads into an already crowded convenience store market after opening its tenth new outlet in Scotland this year.
The latest store, on Edinburgh’s Morrison Street, has created 12 jobs and represents a £400,000 investment. It comes just weeks after the Co-op opened an outlet in South Clerk Street in the capital.
Last year, the food retailer – part of Manchester based Co-operative Group – outlined plans to open hundreds of new high street and community stores and is on course to meet its plan of having 3,000 outlets in total, UK-wide, by 2017.
As well as competing with supermarket chains Tesco and Sainsbury’s, which have built up a major convenience store presence in urban areas, Co-op Food effectively competes with Edinburgh-based co-operative Scotmid in the east of Scotland. The Co-op said it was responding to “changing shopping habits”.