The fourth largest co-op society is to be created on September 24 with the merger of Oxford, Swindon & Gloucester Co-op and West Midlands Co-op.
Members have voted in favour of the merger, which will create a society with 350 retail stores. Yet to be named, it will be the fourth-largest behind The Co-operative Group, United Co-op and Midlands Co-op, with a turnover of £518m.
OS&G chief executive Bob Burlton will lead the new society until next year, when West Midlands boss Ben Reid will take over. Burlton said: “I believe this is an exciting opportunity for us to build co-operation within the trading areas of both societies.”