Co-op has launched a new, improved and larger store to serve the Penshaw community. 

The new, near 3,000 sq ft Co-op store – located in Coxgreen Road, Penshaw – is more than double the size of the retailer’s former store in the village and, runs on 100% renewable electricity.

Now open between 6am-11pm daily and supporting 15 local jobs, the village’s new Co-op includes customer car parking, a free ATM, Fairtrade coffee machine and, bakery, alongside an enhanced focus on fresh; healthy products; meal ideas; everyday essentials; food-to-go; award winning wines; ready meals; free-from; vegan and plant-based products – including Co-op’s exclusive vegan range, GRO. 

Amazon parcel collection is also available, along with Deliveroo grocery delivery – with orders picked fresh in the store and delivered locally – for added ease and convenience.

A recycle unit is also available to enable the community to return its ‘soft plastics’ – including: crisp packets, bread bags, lids from ready meals and yogurt pots, biscuit wrappers and, pet food pouches. Compostable carrier bags are also available for shoppers who forget their reusable bags in order to eliminate single use plastic bags.

A funding boost is also provided locally through Co-op’s Membership programme. Membership of the Co-op unlocks additional value through in-store offers, and sees Members rewarded with 2p in every pound they spend on Co-op branded products which is added to their own personal Membership account balance. The Co-op also donates the same amount to local causes and community organisations. 

Michelle Young, Co-op Area Manager, said: “We have had a great response – we are delighted to have had the opportunity to develop Penshaw’s new Co-op store. Our aim is to operate at the heart of local life, and we are now looking forward to welcoming the community into their new Co-op. We have worked to create the range, choice, products and added services to create a really compelling offer to serve the community, conveniently.”

Students who are TOTUM cardholders – the new name for NUS extra – also receive a 10% discount at the Co-op.

Co-op has around 4.6M active Members, and alongside Food, it operates: Co-op Funeralcare, Insurance and Legal Services.  More information about the benefits of Co-op Membership is available by visiting


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