We unite with fellow retailers to call for Government to avoid a “life sentence” of violence and abuse for shopworkers

As part of a coalition which consists of more than 30 major retail businesses, we are today (12 May, 2021) urging MPs to avoid shackling over three million shopworkers to a “life sentence” of violence, abuse and anti-social behaviour by encouraging them to back an amendment to a flagship Government crime bill which would offer frontline workers greater protection.

Wickford Store to get a refit

Our store in St Peter’s Terrace, Wickford will be closing on Saturday 15th May at 7pm and re-opening on Friday 21st May at 7am after a refit.

The store will see the arrival of new refrigeration units with energy efficient doors and the store will have a new layout to ensure better social distancing can be maintained.

During the closure the nearest Chelmsford Star Co-op store is The Co-operative Food, 157-159 Nevendon Road, Wickford, SS12 0NY.


It’s time to get walking this May for National Walking Month!

May is National Walking Month and now the days are getting longer, this makes it a great time to get outside, and get walking.

Walking has a multitude of health benefits that can help to motivate you to introduce walking into your daily lives and we don't know about you, but hitting your target steps on your FitBit gives you a remarkable sense of satisfaction! 


Hello May....

We love May, mostly because the days are getting longer and there are two bank holidays to enjoy. It’s also the first month we can invite friends round and just about guarantee being able to sit in the garden for a great British BBQ, with a few nibbles and a drink.

If you want to rustle up something a bit different for your guests, why not try some cocktails from our recipe pages; they’re sure to be a real hit. Mint and elderflower flavours are classics for summer, and prosecco adds to the sense of occasion.

Chelmsford Star Fulfils Energy Promise

Five years ago, we pledged to reduce our energy consumption by over 25% by 2021. This week, we were ‘delighted’ to announce the target had been achieved.  

“The key focus has been to reduce the consumption of electricity,” said Ellen Tredwin, Secretary & Head of Management Services, “which accounts for most of the Society’s energy consumption.”

The reduction was achieved via a combination of colleague engagement and investment in new technologies, such as installing LED lighting, refrigeration doors and voltage optimisation units.

We welcome Pineapple Elephant linens to our Quadrant Department Stores...

We welcome Pineapple Elephant to our Quadrant department stores, an eclectic home textiles brand that aims to create and share pieces that encapsulate our beautiful world, allowing you to bring it directly to your homes.

Botanical and Bohemian inspired prints and designs are crafted from 100% pure cotton and you'll be sure to find something that brightens and inspires your home. 

Meet your appointed representatives!


Election to the Board of Directors: 3 vacancies for 3 years - 3 nominations received. No election required.


Election to the Membership Committee: 1 vacancy for 2 years - 1 nomination received. No election required.


Election to the Members‘ Council: 8 vacancies - 4 vacancies for 2 years & 4 vacancies for 1 year - 0 nominations

received. No election required.


Two new fashion brands join Quadrant....

We welcome two new brands to our Quadrant Department Stores in Chelmsford and Braintree.

For our Menswear department: Welcome to the House of Cavani

You can trust the House of Cavani to bring your outfit to life with our range of tweed and wedding suits, shoes and accessories, offering sleek understated styles for formal occasions or patterned fabrics if you dare to make a statement! 


For our Men’s and Ladieswear departments we welcome Brakeburn.

Our Quadrant stores re-open their doors!

We welcomed back customers this morning to our Quadrant Department Stores in both Chelmsford and Braintree. 

Both stores will be open from Monday to Saturday: 9.30am - 5pm.

Having closed the doors back in December it was great to see all of staff returning to the shop floors to serve customers again and it was great to see some familar faces back shopping with us. 

Our Spring Sale and Clearance events are now on and we have some great offers across all departments.

The Co-operative Travel will be open in Chelmsford between 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday.

10 fun facts about Easter...

Every year, we all rush to tuck into the sweet treats that are awaiting us on Easter Sunday, but do you know some of the fascinating fun facts that surround this religious holiday?

Easter Sunday (also known as Resurrection Sunday) is the most important day of the year for Christians, as it is the celebration of Jesus being resurrected from the dead. But before you settle down for a Sunday roast, why not impress your loved ones with your knowledge of the history of Easter?

Read on to discover 10 fun Easter facts that you may not know…