Leading Midland developer Stoford Retail is to boost the regeneration of West Bromwich by building a new food store for Midlands Co-operative Society Ltd. Sandwell Council has given the go-ahead for the £2.2-million eco-friendly scheme that will help revitalise the Hill Top area of the town.

Stoford is now considering tenders for building the 9,000-sq ft single-storey freehold facility on the long-disused site of a former motor dealership, and work is expected to start in February 2011 with a September 2011 completion. The attractive, new-look Co-operative food store designed by architects 3DReid will incorporate illuminated signage, a heat-reducing brise soleil canopy and low-emission long-life aluminium framed glazing. Level entry access, automatic sliding doors, and associated parking and landscaping will provide further customer convenience.

Carl Stacey, Director of Stoford Retail, said: “We are delighted that permission has been granted to build a new Co-operative food store at Hill Top and we are now going ahead with the tendering with a view to starting work on site early in the new year.” He added: “The store will transform a long disused site, boost the local economy, and create new jobs in a major area earmarked for regeneration.”

David Melhuish, Development and Facilities Manager for Midlands Co-operative Society, commented: “We are pleased that this project is getting off the ground and confident that Stoford Retail will deliver a quality unit on time and on budget. Once complete, the food store will provide the local community with a wide range of products for their everyday shopping needs.” Councillor Ian Jones, Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Economy, added: “This is just another example of how Sandwell Council is working with various partners to revitalise and redevelop the borough.”

An artist’s impression of the new Co-Operative food store at Hill Top, West Bromwich


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