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Three Norfolk towns to get new Co-op food stores as part of £160m expansion plan

PUBLISHED: 11:31 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:07 03 January 2018

Jo Whitfield, chief executive of Co-op Food. Picture: Howard Barlow

Jo Whitfield, chief executive of Co-op Food. Picture: Howard Barlow

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New Co-op food stores in East Anglia are among a slew of openings planned by the retailer in 2018.

Swaffham, Necton, and Upwell near Wisbech will see new stores open in the first half of the year, while the group plans to move its store in Fordham, near Newmarket, to a new location in the town.

The changes are part of plans by Co-op Group to open 100 new stores this year, creating 1,600 jobs, and to refit or relocate a further 150 outlets.

It follows new food stores opening in Hemsby (a £1.2m investment which created more than 20 jobs), Cromer and Hingham in the second half of 2017.

Jo Whitfield, chief executive of Co-op Food, said: “The Co-op is positively responding to the changes occurring within this dynamic sector. Our food business is going from strength to strength in what is clearly a challenging retail market.

“We have the ambition for our stores to be at the heart of local life, bringing communities together and offering our members and customers great quality products when and where they need them.”

Co-op Group, which is separate to the East of England Co-op, has around 30 food stores in Norfolk and Suffolk.

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