October 2021



We’ve celebrated the public opening of a new 4,000 sq. ft store for Coop, with the community-focused food retailer taking a 15-year lease for the prime site at the base of the regenerated Stonebow House in the heart of the city.

A license for the new convenience store was recently granted by the Council, with the Co-op offering new employment opportunities and a convenient retail offer for local residents.

Stonebow House was built in 1964, following York’s slum clearance programme, and designed by Wells, Hickman and Partners.

Our £17m redevelopment scheme has seen Stonebow House stripped back to its core and remodelled to include 13 apartments, 4 stunning duplex penthouses and 31,500 sq. ft of retail and leisure space including Supersonic Gym and Café. All 17 apartments in the building have been sold and are now occupied.

Our MD, Richard France said: “It’s good to see that the Co-op has now opened and I’m sure it will become a great addition to the Stonebow and Hungate communities. It is an essential asset to those living and working in the city and is another part of the Oakgate Group’s continuing regeneration in York City Centre.”

The Co-op will source 100% renewable electricity to run its new store, which will include: bakery, fresh, healthy products, meal ideas, award winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, free-from, vegan and plant-based products, Fairtrade, and, everyday essentials.

A funding boost is also provided locally through Co-op’s Membership programme. Membership of the Co-op unlocks additional value through in-store offers, and sees Members rewarded with 2p in every pound they spend on Co-op branded products which is added to their own personal Membership account balance. The Co-op also donates the same amount to local causes.

Janine Wood, Co-op Acquisition Manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to open a new convenience store to serve the community – Co-op is committed to operating at the heart of local life, and we are working to develop the range, choice, products and added services locally that I am confident will create a really compelling offer to serve the local community.”

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