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Tue 01 Aug, 2017 01.01

thegeek wrote:
Mon 31 Jul, 2017 18.12
That doesn't sound very cooperative.
Some Co-operatives are more cooperative than others...
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Wed 31 Jan, 2018 13.10

Can’t wait to see the Co-op on Coronation Street. I wonder if it’ll be a pristine, bang-up-to-date shop with completely spot on branding, or something a little more realistic with a permanent member of staff having a fag out the front, branding from 5 different previous looks, a Rottweiler tied to a post outside and a cash machine that looks like someone’s had a go at it with a crowbar?
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all new Phil wrote:
Wed 31 Jan, 2018 13.10
Can’t wait to see the Co-op on Coronation Street. I wonder if it’ll be a pristine, bang-up-to-date shop with completely spot on branding, or something a little more realistic with a permanent member of staff having a fag out the front, branding from 5 different previous looks, a Rottweiler tied to a post outside and a cash machine that looks like someone’s had a go at it with a crowbar?
I can't see Dev being too happy about it, people carrying Co-Op bags around and doing their shopping in the Co-Op! Same with Roy... takeaway Costa Coffee?! What next, WH Smiths bags popping up putting Norris out of business at The Kabin?
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Fri 02 Feb, 2018 10.48

simonipswich1 wrote:
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all new Phil wrote:
Wed 31 Jan, 2018 13.10
Can’t wait to see the Co-op on Coronation Street. I wonder if it’ll be a pristine, bang-up-to-date shop with completely spot on branding, or something a little more realistic with a permanent member of staff having a fag out the front, branding from 5 different previous looks, a Rottweiler tied to a post outside and a cash machine that looks like someone’s had a go at it with a crowbar?
I can't see Dev being too happy about it, people carrying Co-Op bags around and doing their shopping in the Co-Op! Same with Roy... takeaway Costa Coffee?! What next, WH Smiths bags popping up putting Norris out of business at The Kabin?
The obvious move would be for The Kabin to become a WHSmith Local.
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Sat 12 May, 2018 14.35

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This franchised store in Ashtead has remained a "Welcome" all these years.
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MarkAshley wrote:
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This franchised store in Ashtead has remained a "Welcome" all these years.
That's a fascinating find. I didn't realise there were franchised stores - a quick search on the oracle for these things (Mike Hedgethorne on Flickr) it appears there are a few, all serviced by Southern Co-operative and mostly former Alldays branches. It appears there is a more recent version of the 'Welcome' fascia based on the 2007 branding, which looks appalling. I wonder if they were franchise agreements formed under Alldays.

The national group is now allowing MRH to open stores using the actual Co-op brand. I wonder if all those 'Welcome' stores will become Co-ops (if not co-operative Co-ops) in time.

EDIT: It appears the (hideous) Welcome fascia is still available to all colourblind shopkeepers: http://www.thesouthernco-operative.co.u ... franchise/
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The national group is now allowing MRH to open stores using the actual Co-op brand. I wonder if all those 'Welcome' stores will become Co-ops (if not co-operative Co-ops) in time.
So weird that you should use that link - that particular ESSO/Co-Op branch (for a reason I still cannot fathom) became a Budgens in April.

I know that's not in any way relevant, but I preferred the range that Co-Op offered over Budgens' fayre. TL;DR I use the A3 a lot.
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Mon 14 May, 2018 08.13

How odd that the co-op do franchising. I remember alldays from when they bought Walter Wilsons in the north east and ruined it :(

And by ruined I of course mean "stopped selling the exact cheese I liked at the time" which I my barometer for ruining shops.
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Mon 14 May, 2018 08.44

MarkAshley wrote:
Sun 13 May, 2018 23.14
WillPS wrote:
Sun 13 May, 2018 20.29
The national group is now allowing MRH to open stores using the actual Co-op brand. I wonder if all those 'Welcome' stores will become Co-ops (if not co-operative Co-ops) in time.
So weird that you should use that link - that particular ESSO/Co-Op branch (for a reason I still cannot fathom) became a Budgens in April.

I know that's not in any way relevant, but I preferred the range that Co-Op offered over Budgens' fayre. TL;DR I use the A3 a lot.
This is why, a shame really as Budgens is rubbish as you say.
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woah wrote:
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MarkAshley wrote:
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that particular ESSO/Co-Op branch ... became a Budgens in April.
This is why, a shame really as Budgens is rubbish as you say.
The combined knowledge of this forum seriously does astound me at times.
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Praise be to Jebus it didn't become a sodding Hurst then ...
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Mon 14 May, 2018 18.16

The Phone Co-op's members have voted in favour of a transfer of engagements (ie merger) with the Midcounties, operator of Cooperative Energy. Neither society uses the cloverleaf logo.
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