Leeds Co-op is on the look out for "as many stores as possible" as it kicks off an expansion programme with new fascia City Store.

With a tightly focused retail offering for city centre workers, inner city residents and commuters, the new 2,195 sq ft City Store-branded store will have a different image and target audience from other outlets.

Chief executive Alan Gill said: "We are creating a completely new kind of offer to meet the demands of a city lifestyle by adapting the usual comprehensive range found at our other stores which serve the needs of local neighbourhoods."

The City Store will boast a more focused range of convenient fresh foods and chilled ready meals, as well as an extended Fairtrade and organic offer.

Set to open this summer, the City Store will be the society's 21st foodstore, and according to Gill will mark "the beginning of a successful cluster of similar Leeds Co-operative foodstores located around the city centre".

Leeds Co-op is actively searching for new sites with which to bolster its portfolio, and has a list of its requirements posted on its website. "We are always on the lookout for new sites and want to get in there ahead of the likes of Sainsbury and Tesco," added a spokesman.

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