17.12.2019 - News
Corby’s Company Shop celebrates grand reopening with new jobs and more products
Company Shop Corby, the pioneering surplus redistribution superstore, has today flung open its doors to celebrate a grand reopening, after an extensive refurbishment to expand its retail offer to people across Northamptonshire.
The store provides high-quality, low cost surplus food and products to people working in food manufacturing, the emergency services and the NHS – helping to stretch hard-working family budgets whilst preventing good food from unnecessarily going to waste.
As well as boosting local employment with an additional 16 jobs as a result of the extension, the flagship Northamptonshire store expects to handle and redistribute a further 1,500 tonnes of surplus products which would otherwise be wasted.
The purpose-built store will now offer a larger ambient grocery and chilled range, an increased frozen department and extended car parking facilities for members.
The Mayor of Corby, Councillor Raymond Beeby had the honour of cutting the ribbon to declare the refurbished store officially open and was joined by Company Shop Group Chairman and Founder John Marren and Group Managing Director Jane Marren, as well as local and industry organisations to mark the special occasion.
The expansion of Company Shop Corby, and the wider national growth of Company Shop Group, has been supported by a £4.2m funding package awarded by Lloyds Banking Group, drawn from its Clean Growth Financing Initiative. The funding is supporting Company Shop Group to open and expand a number of stores across the country in the coming weeks, including in Scotland.
Company Shop Corby serves 40,000 members and is well-established in the local area, with the current Earlstrees Industrial Estate site being the third location for the business as it has grown over the last two decades. Company Shop’s first retail offer in Corby was its staff shop, which launched over 20 years ago on Swallow Road, and was then followed by its first supermarket-style store in Units M&N on the Earlstrees Estate in 2003. Company Shop then moved onto its current site in 2011 on the Estate (Unit 7 Princewood Road), which has now doubled in size after expanding into the site next door.
“This is an incredibly exciting and proud day for us all at Company Shop Group. Today’s store relaunch, following an extensive refurbishment and expansion, reflects the continued success of Company Shop Corby since we first came here over 20 years ago.
“We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support we have received over the many years from all of our colleagues, members, the wider local community and our industry partners, without whom we would not be able to deliver such positive impact.
“I look forward to seeing Company Shop Corby continue on this successful journey as it provides high-quality, low cost food to people across Northamptonshire, whilst providing a sustainable surplus solution to local and national retailers and manufacturers and preventing even more good food from going to waste.” John Marren, Chairman and Founder of Company Shop Group