An investment of more than £25m will see stores open across the UK throughout November and December, including sites at transport hubs, key city locations and residential apartments.

New Co-op stores opening in include: Barrachnie, Biggin Hill, Bognor Regis, Bristol, Broughton, Burgess Hill, Cambridge, Carmarthen, Chichester, Edinburgh, Forest Hill, Forres, Galston, Gravesend, Greenwich Peninsula, Hoylake, Ilford, Milborne Port, New Waltham, Newbury, Northwood Hills, Pontesbury, Purton, Rochester, Salford Quays, Sheffield, Stirling, Stornoway, Wemyss Bay, and Willesden Green.

The Co-op stores will include a free ATM, coffee dispenser and bakery alongside a focus on fresh, chilled and healthy products, food-to-go, vegan and free-from foods, award winning wines, meal ideas and, essentials. Car parking and Amazon lockers are also available at selected stores.

Stuart Hookins, Co-op’s director of portfolio and development, said: “Ease, speed and convenience continue to rise in importance for today’s time-pressed shopper – and, our focus is all about selecting the right location to deliver what our members and customers want, need and care about, conveniently.

“Connecting communities and bringing people together is at the very core of the Co-op, and every time an own-branded product is bought by our members, local community groups receive funding. We continue to look for new sites which support our ambition to operate at the heart of local life and enable us to give back, and create social value in our communities.”