New Wolverhampton station grocery store opens with phone charging stations

Central England Co-op store manager Carl Smitheman and his colleagues joined young athletes from Wolverhampton and the Bilston AC Club to cut the ribbon

Central England Co-op has created 20 new jobs through this investment.

The launch coincided with the start of the Commonwealth Games and staff were joined by young athletes from Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club to help cut the store’s ribbon and celebrate the festival of sport taking place in the West Midlands.

Shoppers and commuters were treated to entertainment by performers from the Memory Cafe at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

The cafe supports people with dementia and their families and carers, a cause close to the hearts of Central England Co-op, as it has raised over £1.7m for Dementia UK in recent years .

A food bank collection point has also been set up to support the excellent work of The Well (Wolverhampton Food Bank) as it continues to manage the increased demand caused by the current cost of living crisis.

To mark the launch, the store made a special donation of food and basic necessities to the food bank.

The new store has self-service checkouts for those who want to make a quick purchase and a charging bar where people can top up their mobile phones.

Store Manager Carl Smitheman said, “It’s great to finally have our doors open and welcome our new customers and members to view our fantastic new store and see what we have to offer.

“We are all here proud to be part of such a great community in Wolverhampton and are delighted that the Commonwealth Games are underway with many events taking place in the area and many fans and athletes passing through the resort over the past few years. next fifteen days.

“So it was fantastic to have athletes from Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club join us on our opening day and help us cut the ribbon and promote activity and involvement in the sport. .

“We had a great atmosphere that day with the excitement of the launch and it was wonderful to have artists from the Memory Cafe at the Wolverhampton Grand Theater coming to perform. I was also happy to begin our relationship with The Well Wolverhampton and support their vital work.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank residents and commuters for their patience as work on the store progresses. It was long overdue, but I hope everyone enjoys the store as much as we do.

Wolverhampton plays a central role in the Commonwealth Games by hosting the cycling time trial event at West Park, as the summer has already been great for athletics in the city with local hero Matthew Hudson-Smith won bronze at the recent World Championships in Athletics. .

Mary Harding, chairman of Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club, which has been based in Aldersley Leisure Village for 55 years, said it was an exciting time for sport and athletics particularly in the town and for the club which has a proud story.

She said: “Members of Wolverhampton and Bilston AC have competed at the highest level – we’ve seen Olympic medalists, World Championship, European and Commonwealth Games representatives, and national and regional champions who all started their journey at club level.

“The club have worked hard and have been recognized with the Queens Award for Volunteering, an award equivalent to an MBE at club level. It is a huge honor for the club and for everyone involved.

“On behalf of Wolverhampton and Bilston AC, we are very proud to be invited to the launch of the new store in Wolverhampton and look forward to forging a bond with Central England Co-op in the future.”

The cooperative grocery store at the station is now open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Sunday.