A huge new Co-op store has opened in north Hull
Left to right: Ben Troop, store manager, Dan Jordan of HB Projects with Donald Crossley and Terrence Bone of Hull’s Men In Sheds who received a cheque for £1000 as part of the launch
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Nov 2017
A huge new supermarket has opened its doors in north Hull creating 14 jobs.
A new Co-op has been built in Greenwood Avenue following a development to use surplus land in the car park of The Pilot pub.
The store has been funded through a £480,000 investment which will also be used to refurbish the nearby family pub.
Ben Troop, manager for the new Greenwood Avenue shop, said: “We are thrilled to have made such a significant investment in Hull – it is an exciting time for the whole team.
New store manager Ben Troop celebrates the launch of the new Co-op
"The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum and our ambition is to establish the store as a local hub, a real asset for the community.”
The shop officially revealed its new look on November 9 and as part of the celebrations, a cheque for £1,000 was presented to Hull charity Men In Sheds, whose headquarters was badly damaged in an arson attack on Tuesday.
The new store hopes to boost nearby community groups through its membership scheme.
The new Co-op store opened on Thursday, November 9
Those who sign up receive a 5 per cent reward when they purchase own-branded products and services with a further 1 per cent benefiting good causes in the area.
Joe Scoot, area manager for Co-op, said: "Our members can also make a difference locally and simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us, they will raise much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life."
The investment has been funded by NewRiver REIT and David Shipton, who is the asset development director for the company's pub division, and is delighted that the firm has been able to help launch a new supermarket.
He said: “We are pleased to continue our ongoing partnership with Co-op to help facilitate the growth of their portfolio, creating more Co-ops for the community, ideally located beside our community pubs.
"In tandem, with the launch of the new Co-op, we will be making a significant investment in our pub, The Pilot, to refurbish and upgrade the pub, which is a popular local hub with a wide appeal, including for families.
"This is also a perfect example of NewRiver creating further value within its pub portfolio by activating under-utilised space land through appropriate developments, including convenience stores such as this one at The Pilot, which we hope will be viewed by local people as a valued community asset, just like the pub.”
There will be offers and promotions in and around the new store to tie in with the launch and students in Hull who have an NUS extra card will receive a 10 per cent discount off their groceries.