The merger of Midlands Co-operative Society and Anglia Co-operative has been given the green light by members.
At a second special meeting held last night, Anglia members voted unanimously in favour of the merger.
The tie-up was first announced in September and will create a society with projected sales of £1bn, 330,000 regular trading members, and more than 500,000 weekly customers across 16 counties.
Midlands Co-op said progress was now underway to adopt a new name for the merged society before the end of the year.
“The new name will reflect the input of colleagues and members, and will signal the start of a new and exciting future for both businesses,” it said.