United Co-op is planning to build a 3,000 sq ft convenience store from scratch in Winsford which is due to open in September and will be followed by another next year. Paul Griffiths, who heads up the society's food business, said both would be model stores, with even more emphasis on fresh. "It's a big investment for us," said Griffiths, "We have not had a newbuild convenience store for four or five years, and that was under our old format, so we are very excited about this." He said the society was creating more space for its fresh and chilled food offer by taking out duplication in its core grocery range. The society is investing heavily in systems, he added. A new supply chain system went live in March, the roll out of the society's perpetual inventory system continues and a data warehouse package should be on line by January. At the same time, the society is close to completing the acquisition of more than a dozen individual businesses from their owners. Two have been bought in Birkenhead, knocked through and converted into a Late Shop c-store. {{NEWS }}

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