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M&Co now open at Co-op as store shows faith in Tamworth town centre

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: October 27, 2016

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Ron Constable, Tamworth Co-op's general manager non-food, oversees the extensive work now completed at the department store.

Ron Constable, Tamworth Co-op's general manager non-food, oversees the extensive work now completed at the department store.

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SWEEPING changes have been made to an iconic department store as bosses demonstrate their faith in the Tamworth town centre and their historic HQ.

A raft of stores have closed in the town in recent years as a result of the economic climate and changing shopping trends – with Argos recently announcing it is to close its Ankerside store.

However, bucking the trend, the Co-op have announced a brand-new clothing section as part of a major overhaul of their ground floor.

Julian Coles, chief executive of Tamworth Co-op, was delighted to cut the ribbon to formally open the new M&Co clothing section.

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He said: "Despite what has happened elsewhere, we have remained determined to improve our department store and our staff have worked extremely hard to make it more attractive to shoppers.

"This exciting development represents one of the biggest changes we have seen for years at the store."

"Like every other high-street business we have to ensure we operate in the most efficient way, but I think it is clear that we are doing everything we can to ensure Tamworth remains a town with a department store at its heart. That is increasingly rare these days and visitors from further afield often comment on the value of that."

Tamworth Co-operative Society signed the agreement to stock M&Co clothing for men, women and children.

An area of around 6,000 sq ft has been refitted to make way for a selection of exclusively designed clothes catering for all ages.

The longstanding Store Twenty One concession, which provides high value ladies, kids and menswear, along with houseware and toys, also has a new home on the upper ground floor taking up more than 4,000 sq ft of space.

They are joined by Brantano Footwear, another newcomer, which has moved from Ventura Park to take advantage of the convenient town centre location.

All three complement the extensive choice of men's and women's clothes and more footwear available at outlet prices on the first floor.

Ron Constable, general manager non-food, said: "We are one of the few independent societies still operating a department store.

"We're delighted to be able to announce these new arrivals in time for Christmas. M&Co and Brantano both shared our vision and this is a massive endorsement for us.

"Partnerships and quality brands have been the foundation of our success to date.

"I firmly believe people shop with us for our excellent value coupled with first class customer service, something we are very proud of. We've also completely revamped our furniture ranges on the top floor, bringing in a fantastic selection of upholstery, dining and bedroom furniture.

"So these are exciting times for us, especially as we're celebrating our 130th anniversary this year."

The store no longer offers electrical goods but still sells bedding, home furnishings and gifts, and has an on-site travel centre, opticians, mobility aids section and bereavement advice centre.

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