A new supermarket where key workers can carry out their weekly shop for around half the price they would usually pay is set to open in Leicester next month.
Company Shop Leicester, which operates a free membership model, will be based on the Leicester Distribution Park.
According to the company, key workers including those within the NHS, emergency services, care homes and the food manufacturing supply chain will typically be able to get more than 50 per cent off the normal retail price of items.
The shop will save tonnes of what it describes as ‘perfectly good food and household products’ from going to waste each year – enabling members to access heavily-discounted products from their favourite brands, whilst helping the environment by preventing unnecessary waste.
Membership to the store is open to those working in the NHS, care and emergency services and the food manufacturing goods supply chain. However, during the pandemic, membership has been temporarily extended to include almost all key workers – including those working in councils and schools.
Alongside stretching the family budgets of thousands of members across the region, the new store aims to help boost local employment opportunities with the creation of around 100 jobs in a range of full-time and part-time roles.
The 50,000 sq ft unit, which is near to the M1 Junction 21a, will also operate a processing and redistribution hub to serve its growing store portfolio across the Midlands and beyond, alongside the 15,000 sq ft superstore.
The store is part of Company Shop Group, a surplus redistributor which already operates a chain of eight superstores across England and Scotland.
According to the company, it prides itself on its ability to help members ‘shop good, feel good and do good’, with items from household brands such as Waitrose, Nestle, Iceland and Tesco on offer at a fraction of their normal price.
All the food and products sold within the store are in date and perfectly good to eat or use but are deemed ‘surplus’ and may have otherwise gone to waste due to incorrect or wonky labelling, seasonal packaging or overstock – amongst many other reasons.
Ahead of the opening, alongside national brands, Company Shop has been working closely with local businesses including nearby Samworth Brothers, where employees will also benefit from membership to the store.
Steph McGinty, retail, people and communities director for Company Shop Group, said: “We are thrilled to be fulfilling our longstanding commitment to Leicestershire with the opening of our ninth Company Shop store planned for the end of August.
“This is an area with a thriving manufacturing industry and hard-working families who will benefit from the heavily discounted items on offer.
“To support even more individuals and families across the region, we have temporarily extended our membership to accommodate many more key workers who will benefit from our provision, particularly during these extraordinary times.
“Our model helps businesses to reduce waste, protect the planet, feed hard-working families and support communities.
“We are hugely grateful for all of the support we have received so far, including from our long-standing retail partners, local organisations and the wider community.”