This week all till points in our stores will be having plastic screens installed to keep our colleagues and customers safe.
The initiative is part of a range of measures to ensure social distancing while shopping. Other moves include all bread within our in-store bakery no longer being unwrapped, and customers being asked to use contactless payments wherever possible.
Stores are also closing at 8pm to allow our colleagues to clean and replenish shelves with food and essentials, as well as ensuring they get more time with their families to rest and recuperate.
As an added way for us to say ‘thank you’ we have brought forward our annual Share of Profits and increased colleague discounts to all those who have gone above and beyond at this time.
We have also had an unprecedented response to our recruitment drive, with 500 new staff as well as colleagues redeployed from other parts of our family of businesses now working in stores across 16 counties to ensure shelves are stocked and customers continue to be served.
We are also asking customers to continue to show ‘care, compassion and respect’ to all our colleagues.
Central England Co-op Chief Executive Debbie Robinson said: “Our colleagues and key workers are doing everything they can to ensure our communities continue to be supported during this uncertain time.
“In the spirit of co-operation, we wanted to say ‘thank you’ by giving them a little something to showcase our gratitude for their hard work and dedication.
“We also wanted to say welcome to all of our new colleagues who have joined in the past few days. Thank you and good luck in your new roles.
“If you’re able to say thank you to our colleagues and to key workers when you see them, we are sure they would really appreciate the support at this time. Please be kind and respectful to everyone around you,” she added.
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