The Penrith Co-operative Society Limited, or simply Penrith Co-op, is a small regional consumer co-operative in the United Kingdom. The society was formed in 1890 and today operates one department store with supermarket attached and eight small supermarkets or convenience stores in Cumbria and County Durham.
When most other co-operatives in Cumbria merged into regional groups in the 1960s and 1970s, such as the Cumbrian Society and the Greater Lancastria Society (now both part of The Co-operative Group), the Penrith society remained independent and has since taken over other small societies. These included the Keswick Co-operative Society in 1969; the Lazonby & District Co-operative Society in 1990; the Naworth Collieries Co-operative Society in 1993 which had branches in the small north Pennine villages of Hallbankgate and Halton-Lea-Gate and most recently, in 2002, the Stanhope & Weardale Co-operative Society.
The Penrith Co-op was featured on a 2006 episode of the national BBC Television programme Working Lunch for its support of the Melmerby village store set up by residents. The Melmerby village shop has since closed down.
<span id="Operational locations" /> In 2008, the society began refurbishing its Penrith department store and supermarket, with a new theme of “the Number 19 Department Store”, with its various departments labeled or branded as being “@19”, such as the new brand for the clothing department: “Style@19”.
Head Office, No. 19 department store and Penrith supermarketEdit
The premises at 19 Burrowgate, Penrith houses the following departments: grocery, butchery, bakery, health and beauty, electronics, toys, hardware, beds, furniture, cafe and a branch of the Co-operative Bank.
- Keswick Foodstore & Electrical Store, St James Court, Keswick, Cumbria
- Lazonby Foodstore and Post Office, Lazonby, Cumbria
- Shap Supermarket, Main Street, Shap Cumbria
- Hallbankgate Foodstore and Post Office, Hallbankgate, Cumbria
- Stanhope Foodstore, Off Licence and Handybank, Front Street, Stanhope, County Durham
- St Johns Chapel Foodstore, Market Place, St John's Chapel, County Durham
- Wearhead Foodstore, Front Street, Wearhead, County Durham
- Westgate Foodstore, Front Street, Westgate, County Durham
- Frosterley Foodstore & Post Office, Front Street, Frosterley, County Durham
- Castlegate, Penrith (the society's original store)
- Castletown, Penrith (closed c.1970)
- Halton Lea Gate
- Scotland Road, Townhead, Penrith (closed c.1970)
- Penrith Pharmacy, (became part of department store in 1980s and later closed)
- Shap No2 and No 5
The society is a member of the UK-wide Co-operative Retail Trading Group (CRTG) and sells The Co-operative brand products. It is also a corporate member of hybrid consumer and wholesale co-operative, the Co-operative Group.
In 2005, Rochdale-based United Co-operatives bought a private sector pharmacy shop in Penrith which is now trading as Co-op Pharmacy. However, this shop has no connection with Penrith Co-op's operations and, since United merged with the Co-operative Group in 2007, it forms part of the Co-operative Group Pharmacy division.
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- penrithco-op.co.uk – official website