The Lucky co-operative in Hawkwell gets a make-over

The co-operative convenience store located on the Main Road in Hawkwell and owned by Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society has been closed for 11 days for major refurbishment work and is due to re-open on Thursday 27th August at 10am.

As part of the Society’s ongoing store upgrade programme, Hawkwell is to receive not only a new shop floor and lighting system, but also new fixtures and fittings, new chilled and frozen cabinets, as well as new air conditioning and signage.

John Clarke, Food Operations Manager commented;

ABTA and the Royal Life Saving Society UK urge holidaymakers to ‘Swim Safe’

.....As European authorities remind people to be ‘vigilant’ in and around the water

With eight million British holidaymakers heading overseas for a holiday in August and millions making the most of summer on the UK coastline, ABTA and the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, are again reminding holidaymakers to follow safety tips and swim safely.

New Toy Department set to open in quadrant Chelmsford

The quadrant department store in Chelmsford is set to open a new toy department in early August, ran by concessionaire, Toytown.

Toytown is a family run business that knows the importance of providing what customers want and has nearly 40 years of experience of selling toys in the UK & Ireland. They already have a strong working relationship through the Quadrant department store in Braintree, where they have supplied toys for a number of years.

Head of Department stores Stephen Rogers commented;

Co-op brings Essex producers get together at Cressing Temple food event

Chelmsford Star Co-operative recently attended the Essex Festival of Food and Drink held on 18th and 19th July at the Cressing Temple, with its own marquee called the “Only Way is Local” which showcased 20 of its local food and drink suppliers.

Over 8000 foodies came out in the sunshine to enjoy a whole host of food and drink related merchandise as well as see TV super Chefs James Martin from Saturday Kitchen and John Torode from Master Chef.

Chelmsford Star and the Big Co-op Clean Up

On Saturday 4 July, Chelmsford Star Co-operative worked with the City Council to organise a Summer Park Clean-Up which covered the City’s Central Park. This clean up event was part of the Council’s NICE programme but also dovetailed in with the ‘Big Co-op Clean Up’ campaign which was the main theme for Co-operative Fortnight 2015.

Dozens of people from young to old turned up to don a jacket and helped clean not only the park but also the river itself thanks to the Chelmsford Sea Cadets, who covered a large stretch of the river in their boats.

Annual Charity football tournament raises £140 for MIND

Our annual football tournament took place on 3rd July raising money for our Charity of the year; South East and Central Mind.

Ten teams, made up of Brentwood High, Anglo European, St Clere’s, teachers, plus our own employees, took part with a raffle at the conclusion.

Over £140 was raised for the Charity, and the winners were a team from Chelmsford Star.


Chelmsford Star supports Essex Pride

Chelmsford Star Co-op gave its support for the second year running by attending the annual Essex Pride Event held in Central Park in Chelmsford on Sunday 12th July.

The event was a celebration of diversity and equality which saw thousands from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community come together from Essex and beyond.

The Society took its place alongside the local radio stations, emergency services, local charities and the new mayor of Chelmsford. We gave out co-op rainbow laces and sweets and talked to many about our own belief in equality and diversity.

Chelmsford Star Co-op Supports its Local Suppliers at Festival of Food & Drink

Chelmsford Star Coop is attending the Festival of Food and Drink 2015 at the Cressing Temple on 18/19 July, with its own marquee branded “The Only Way is Local” – Support your Essex Producer. 

The marquee will show case 20 Essex food and drink suppliers who currently supply the Society’s 39 convenience stores located across the county.

Vanessa Howard, Head of Marketing for the Society commented;

“We attended last year in a lesser capacity and the event was so successful, that we are returning this year with many more of our suppliers.”

Big Fashion Changes at Quadrant Chelmsford

The quadrant Chelmsford is to introduce new fashion brands to its store for spring 2016 including iconic eponymous brands Betty Barclay and Gerry Weber who will be joined by White Stuff, Sandwich and more soon to be announced.

The move follows in the wake of the recent demise of ladies contemporary brand East, who slipped into administration in late June, resulting in a number of stores and concession closing which included quadrant, Chelmsford.

Head of Department Stores, Stephen Rogers said;

Chelmsford Star signs up its 350th Community Group Member

Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society has just signed up Marie Curie as its 350th Community Card Member.

The Community Card scheme now in its 17th Year, is attractive to many local community groups as an additional tool in their fund raising box. Simple to use, the cards are given to friends and supporter who in turn receive points on most purchases from shopping in any of the Society’s outlets. These points then in turn into cash which the group can use towards whatever goal they choose.  

Head of Membership, Kevin Bennett commented;