Passengers using Lincoln’s transport hub will soon benefit from a new ‘on-the-go’ Lincolnshire Co-op food store – paying homage to the community retailer’s first-ever shop, which opened more than 155 years ago.
The new food store is due to open this summer in 18-20 Sincil Street, next to the new bus station. The original building dates back to 1848 and it’s just a short distance from the first Lincolnshire Co-op, 1 Napoleon Place, which opened in 1861 where Pelham Bridge is now.
During Lincolnshire Co-op’s Cornhill Quarter development, historic buildings in the area have been sympathetically redeveloped, restoring original features while adapting the buildings so they’re suitable for modern retail and leisure use.
The Sincil Street Food Store will continue this theme. Modern facilities, such as a food-to-go area including takeaway drinks, snacks and hot food and some self-scan tills, will blend with traditional design touches. Vintage-style light features will be complemented by a patterned tile and wood-effect floor.
The shopfront and curved glazing, which is believed to date back to 1919, will be restored. A clock will hang on the corner of Sincil Street and Norman Street.
When it opens, the outlet will replace Lincolnshire Co-op’s current food store in the area, which is inside the nearby City Square Centre. The colleagues working in the store will be offered redeployment inside the new store or other Lincolnshire Co-op services.
Lincolnshire Co-op aims to move its pharmacy and post office, both currently within the City Square Centre, to alternative city centre premises in late 2019. No date or locations for these moves have been confirmed at this stage.
The Society’s coffee shop within the City Square Centre will close in September. This is due to the new offer the ‘on-the-go’ food store will provide and because there is a wide range of alternative coffee shops and cafés in the area.
At the time the coffee shop shuts, the team of colleagues will be offered redeployment opportunities within Lincolnshire Co-op.
Eventually, the plan is to replace the City Square Centre with a new building in keeping with the rest of the Cornhill Quarter.
However, this is in the early stages of planning and currently all Lincolnshire Co-op’s services, and the tenants within the centre and along Waterside South, continue to trade as normal.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s Store Development Manager Matthew Wilkinson said: “This is an exciting new format for Lincolnshire Co-op and we look forward to providing workers, shoppers and travellers in the city centre with a high-quality ‘on-the-go’ retail experience.
“It’s particularly special to be launching this new service close to where Lincolnshire Co-op began at 1 Napoleon Place.
“We’ve tried to pay tribute to that first shop with our choice of materials.
“Just like in 1861, we’ll give dividend to our members. We’ll also have a range of Love Local goods on offer and donate to local good causes through our Community Champions fundraising scheme.”