By Ian McCutcheon, Format Development Manager

It was one of the proudest moments of my career last week, when I got to pick up a really special award for Store Design of the Year at the prestigious Retail Industry Awards. It was for our Piccadilly Station Approach in Manchester which is a new Food to Go concept we’ve designed. It was praised for both design and functionality and I’m so proud that we’ve received industry recognition

Food to Go is the fastest growing sector of the convenience market, so when we were designing and refitting our new concept store, we wanted to set it apart as a Food to Go mission store, and meet evolving shopper needs. The judges loved our ‘zoning’ and signage which make it easier to find different sections such as breakfast, snacking or coffee, our new test propositions like Milkshakes and One Water feature and our energy efficient materials such as Aerofoils and LED lighting.

It’s all been such a great team effort so it was a real honour to pick up the award on everyone’s behalf!

But we didn’t just win one award at the event, we also picked up awards for Convenience Retailer of the Year and Food-to-go Retailer of the Year, recognising our growth and innovation in the market.

These awards don’t just recognise the colleagues who develop the ideas, products and formats. It’s thanks to each and every one of our Food colleagues delivering a brilliant offer and service, that brings it all to life in store for our customers.

All our hard work, dedication and commitment is being recognised. We’re a stronger Co-op than ever before and it makes me so proud of all that we’ve achieved and all that we’re doing.

Join the conversation! 5 Comments

  1. Very much deserved well done! I rarely come to Manchester but last week I was passing through the station, my 12yr old son was blown away by the refillable water station! I cant believe its only 65p for a big bottle of water too.The whole store looks amazing, I especially loved the new self checkout tills as they are super user friendly and plenty of them so no queuing when rushing for a train home 🙂

  2. Well done to all involved sounds great, would have been nice to see some pictures inside the store.

  3. Well done to all a great team effort

  4. brilliant work Ian, this format is excellent, and so pleased you and the team have got the recognition from the industry.

  5. Well done Ian and team…..well deserved

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