Southern Co-operative news

11 March 2020
Southern Co-op's network of franchise stores, comprising independent retailers operating under the Welcome fascia, grew by 12 stores in 2019, taking the total in the group to 34.  Recruited from across the south of England, these include stores run by 20 different retailers, with eight sites on fuel forecourts.  These stores operate seperately to Southern Co-op's directly managed estate of 234 co...
13 January 2020
Regional co-operative retailers Southern and Midcounties Co-op have announced their Christmas results. In the four weeks to 29 th December, like-for-like sales at Southern Co-op increased by 4.7%. At Midcounties Co-op, like-for-like sales were up 3.3% in December. Southern Co-op sees strong Christmas results Southern Co-op reported a 4.7% increase in like-for-like sales in the four week...
19 December 2018
Regional co-operative retailer Southern Co-op has announced its five-year plan for a sustainable business. Strategic direction Southern Co-op’s Our Plan 2019-2023 sets out its strategic direction and objectives for a sustainable business. The strategy outlines mid to long-term objectives over the next five years. Southern Co-op, which trades across 11 counties, sets out its purpose, visi...
19 September 2018
Regional co-operative Southern Co-op is promoting products supplied by local producers during British Food Fortnight. Local Flavours range Southern Co-op’s Local Flavours range was first launched in its Isle of Wight stores in 2007. The range is produced by 200 local suppliers within 13 Southern England counties. 196 of its local stores stock several local products, including seasonal fr...
17 May 2018
Regional co-operative retailer Southern Co-op, operating across English counties from Devon to Kent, has announced total sales of £431m for the 52 weeks to 27 January 2018, up 9.5% on the year.  Including a range of business divisions, but with food retailing at the core, the society ended the year with 220 supermarkets and convenience stores. Food retail like-for-likes up 1.6% While total ...
11 May 2016
The Southern Co-operativehas posted results for the 53 weeks to 30 January 2016 which show total income to have increased by 4.7% to £366.8m. Group profit also performed well against tough market conditions rising 4.4% to £4.8m. Investment the key to unlocking growth The Society, which has 250 community food stores and funeral operations in 11 counties across the South of England is p...
17 February 2015
It has been announced that the current Chief Operating Officer of Southern Co-operative food retail, Phil Ponsonby, is to join The Midcounties Co-operative as General Manager of its food retail division, as of April this year. Brings extensive experience of the co-operative model Over his time at Southern, Phil Ponsonby has been widely recognised as one of the most effective retail operat...
11 December 2013
The Southern Co-operative is collaborating with Finnish company Foodie.fm to trial Click & Collect. System to offer personalised recommendations The trial is based on Foodie Local, a self-service online system, which makes personalised food and product recommendations. Foodie Local offers information on over 100,000 products in the UK and is optimised for mobile use. Trial should help ...
29 October 2013
Our Shopper insight manager, Michael Freedman, looks at how the convenience store of the future could be very different and help shoppers fulfil more missions. Untitled 1 Convenience in a multichannel world As IGD’s shopper insight expert on the convenience channel, I am often asked how convenience store shoppers differ to main supermarket shoppers. The answer is simple - they are ...
13 September 2013
The Co-operative Group has agreed a deal with the National Union of Students to offer a 10% discount on grocery products for holders of the NUS Extra card at more than 3,600 participating Co-operative food stores across the UK. First of its kind The promotion has also been adopted by some of the regional Co-operatives including Anglia, Midcounties, Midlands, Scotmid and Sourthern Co-operati...