In an opening ceremony (2nd Sept) the new on-campus store was officially opened by Vice-Chancellor Professor Trevor McMillan and Union Democracy & Development Officer Holly Brooks.
Located on Union Square, the new store is a Co-op franchise operated and run by Keele University Students' Union, which will serve the campus and local community throughout the year. The store is 27% larger than the previous on-campus store, featuring 12 self-service checkouts, a bakery/hot food section and has created 25 new jobs.
Semester Opening Times
Weekday 8am – 11pm
Weekend 10am – 11pm
Non-Semester Opening Times
The store will stock a tailored range of great value and quality Co-op own brand products, with a wide range of Fairtrade, free-from and vegan options. The store will also serve Co-op's new hot drinks brand, Everground, with all tea, coffee, hot chocolate and sugar being Fairtrade.
Holly Brooks, Union Development and Democracy Officer, said:
“I'm super excited about the opening of Keele SU’s Co-op, focussed on sustainability, connecting communities and ethics. I believe the Co-op will provide a shop that's made for Keele students, with a variety of healthy, fresh, affordable food; addressing issues some students have raised. I'm also excited to try Co-op’s growing vegetarian and vegan range, and work with them on green projects!”
This new store will bring both value to the campus experience and people's pockets, with Co-op being the only grocer to offer an exclusive 10% student discount to TOTUM card holders.
Anyone can also become a Co-op member, where you'll receive exclusive member deals and personalised offers. Plus, you’ll be rewarded with 2p in your Member Account for every £1 spent on selected Co-op branded products and services. It only costs £1 to join and you can choose a local cause to support in your community. For more details visit: https://www.coop.co.uk/membership
Sustainability is also at the heart of what the Co-op do and they have recently launched compostable carrier bags and soft plastic recycling points. Items such as crisp packets and bread bags can now be recycled in the on-campus store, even those bought from different supermarkets. Just pop your soft plastics into the in-store recycling units, making it much easier for us all to do our bit for the environment.