Company Shop, the award-winning redistributor of surplus food, has announced plans to create 50 new jobs through opening a brand new 8,000 square foot store in Middleton, Greater Manchester. The Middleton Store, which is located in the Stakehill Industrial Estate, will open mid-November 2015.
The aim of Company Shop is to “Stop Good Food Going to Waste” by redistributing both retailer own-label and branded food and FMCG supply chain surplus.
The new site is Company Shop’s fourth offering, adding to their portfolio of stores in Grimsby, Corby and their headquarters in Barnsley, with Middleton representing a seven figure investment for the business.
The expansion has been supported by MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency and part of MGC. MIDAS worked closely with Company Shop to provide market information and property searches, and is currently assisting with the recruitment campaign.
The store will be managed by Vijay Patel. Vijay worked for Asda for 30 years, where he raised over £250,000 for local and national charities as their community champion.
Speaking about the new store Vijay said:
“We are so excited to bring Company Shop to Greater Manchester and we can’t wait to open in November. I’m very proud to be taking on the management of this store and to be working for a business that does so much good for its members and the food sector more broadly. I look forward to managing Company Shop’s development and expansion in Manchester.”
Daniel Storer, director of business development at MIDAS said:
“Company Shop is a welcome addition to the region’s food and drink sector and the business will benefit from Greater Manchester’s established cluster of food and drink manufacturing companies. We look forward to seeing Company Shop thrive, developing new business across the region and strengthening existing relationships with clients.”
Tom Rumboll, commercial director at Company Shop added:
“The opening of the Middleton store represents the latest chapter in our growth story. We’re excited to be redistributing more food, creating more jobs and opening more premises as we continue to expand our reach across the country.
“We encourage any food businesses in the region to get in touch, to discuss how we can work together to cut waste and achieve positive social and environmental impact from surpluses.”