Oxford, Swindon and Gloucester Co-op is rebadging six former Acorn c-stores in Northamptonshire in its Swift and new Village Store formats. The six stores were sold off by Today's Group member Oak Cash and Carry. A spokesman for Today's Group said Oak was repositioning itself and had retained its two largest stores. This latest purchase brings the Co-op's total portfolio up to 83, with 14 acquisitions in the last 12 months. The new stores are spread in the north of the Co-op's territory, two in Daventry and one each in Shipton-on-Sour, Byfield, Deddington and Kingsutton. At least three will pilot the Village Store format, a subtle old fashioned look for a country setting. Chief executive Bob Burlton said: "We will now be represented in areas where we have not previously traded. These stores fits very neatly into our portfolio of community based stores." {{NEWS }}

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