British consumer retail chain The Co-operative Group (Co-op) is planning to open two new food stores in Nottingham, UK.

The first store is scheduled to open in Bramcote Lane, Chilwell, on 28 June, while the second store is planned for early September in University Boulevard, Beeston.

Co-op has invested £2.25m to develop the two stores and expects to create up to 30 jobs.

The retailer will focus on offering product categories such as healthy foods, meal ideas, food-to-go, and essentials to customers.

Co-op area manager Simon Taylor said: “We are investing in our people, stores, products, prices and communities.

“Our aim is for stores to be at the heart of local life, bringing communities together and offering great quality products, when and where our members and customers need them.

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“We also want customers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op and that we are also giving back to the community.

“We are investing in our people, stores, products, prices and communities.”

“Our members make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they raise much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”

The retailer launched a £50m price investment programme earlier this year to reduce the cost of everyday essentials, including fruit, vegetables, bread, fresh meat, ready meals and household brand names.

The company is also offering a funding boost locally through its membership scheme. Members will receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-brand products and services.

Co-op is offering a 10% discount on groceries for students holding an NUS extra card.