co-op Manchester store


Costcutter is continuing to grow its university portfolio with a new store in the University of Manchester.

The 1,000 sq ft store, which is located in the main university building, will serve more than 40,000 students and 10,000 staff.

Launching in May, the store features a wide range of fresh produce, food-to-go, off licence and Costcutter own brand Independent products.

“We’re partnered with a growing number of universities and helping them deliver to quality convenience stores for their students, colleagues and visitors that offer a great balance of quality and value for money,” said Costcutter retail director Daniel Quest.

“Manchester University approached us on a recommendation from the University of Birmingham, where our highly successful store has been in place for 12 years. We plan to further expand our university-based portfolio across the UK where we see the right opportunities.”

A giant Xbox gaming pod and indoor garden party will take place to celebrate the launch alongside a food and drink tasting session courtesy of Costcutter suppliers.

“The Costcutter team has been a joy to work with on this project,” said University of Manchester project manager Chantelle Wakes.

“From planning stage to final delivery they were supportive and responsive, understanding the constraints of working within an academic organisation and remaining flexible and helpful throughout the process. They really get things done and solve problems straight away and their merchandisers have extensive product knowledge, advising me on orders, space and point of sale.”