First Co-op franchise to open at Newcastle University campus

Co-op is to launch its first franchise in the North-East, after reaching an agreement with Newcastle University Student Union (NUSU).

The agreement will see the existing student union store on campus extended and renovated in time for the new academic year.

The 2,500 sq. ft. store will offer Co-op’s full range of fresh foods, extended vegan and free-from offerings and its range of Fairtrade products. The store also includes a free refill tap for water.

Graham Hattam, director of commercial at NUSU, said: “We are excited to announce the introduction of a Co-op store into our Students’ Union and bring the first franchise store in the North East to our very own campus.

“This initiative supports our focus on providing healthy, affordable, fresh food and drink for students on campus, and complements our overarching objectives around enhancing the student experience.”

Martin Rogers, head of new channels at Co-op, added: “This is an important development for Co-op. Our Franchise stores provide an exciting opportunity to grow our brand and create value for our partners and communities.

“At the heart of the Co-op it is about connecting communities, bringing people together and making a difference. In line with other work we are doing with Students’ Unions across the country Newcastle Union is a natural progression, with the new store having the choice, ease and convenience tailored to serve campus needs.”

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