We’re sure the news that we’ve got a permanent spot on Coronation Street won’t have passed you by. Ever since we announced that our Weatherfield store was getting a refit and would be appearing on TV, everyone’s been talking about it.
It’s been a constant source of wonder for our colleagues, members, communities and the media alike, who’ve all been full of questions: What does it look like? How does it work? When will we get to see it on screen?
We’re delighted to finally be able to answer you all and unveil Weatherfield’s Co-op in all its glory! The store is now open for business, and we’ll get our first glimpse of it on Coronation Street this Friday.
We officially opened the store in a ceremony with Co-op heads including Jo Whitfield and Ali Jones visiting the set to have a peek inside the fully-stocked store and cut our iconic Co-op ribbon.
They were joined by Store Manager Josh McNaboe, who travelled from his usual Co-op in Leeds to join in the celebrations as honorary Weatherfield store manager for the day. As a lifelong viewer of the programme, he said: “I’m a big Coronation Street fan and I’m so excited to be part of this moment and help with the official ribbon cutting.”
Our Customer Director, Alison Jones, said: “Our partnership with ITV has been an exciting time for the whole team and we are delighted to officially unveil our Weatherfield Co-op store. Coronation Street is all about community life and the Co-op is a retailer at the heart of local life and being close to the customer. We’re delighted to be able to serve the residents of this iconic street.”
Want to know more? We’ve got the full scoop in the next issue of Let’s Talk About Food – look out for behind-the-scenes photos, an interview with Store Manager Josh and even some exciting giveaways!
And don’t forget to tune in this Friday 27 April to see our Weatherfield Co-op make its screen debut. We’re starting with a quick peek in the 7.30pm episode, but you’ll get a full view at 8.30pm.