Serving up a new Co-op store

Leeds University Union (LUU) has joined forces with Co-op to transform the former Essentials supermarket to better serve the campus community.

A computer-generated image of how the new Co-op store will look

A computer-generated image of how the new Co-op store in the LUU will look. January 2019

The new-look store is still managed by LUU staff and members, and will launch on Wednesday 20 February following major investment. 

It will offer a full range of fresh, healthy foods, extended vegan and free-from products, Fairtrade produce, food-to-go, an in-store bakery and essentials. 

The Co-op gives NUS Extra/TOTUM cardholders 10% discount off groceries, and brings funding boosts for local causes through its Membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-brand products, and Co-op donates a further 1% to local causes. All University staff are eligible for both a TOTUM card and to become members. See the scheme’s website for further information.

Staff and students can learn more about the new facilities during an Ask us Anything event at the Pyramid Theatre in LUU at 1pm on Tuesday 29 January.

Union Affairs Officer, Chris Morris, said: “Following student feedback, we have been keen to secure a leading retail partner, and the Co-op is the perfect fit, delivering real benefits to student life and shared values, including concern for the environment, community, trading fairly, health and wellbeing and employment opportunities. 

“We already sold a selection of Co-op products, and this enables us to offer a full range, with the availability and service you would expect from an award-winning retailer.”

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