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Company Shop Opens Flagship North East Store


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Pioneering food redistribution organisation creates over 40 local jobs

Company Shop Opens Flagship North East Store

Company Shop, the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus food and household products, has opened its brand-new flagship store in Washington – with Deputy Mayor David Snowdon and Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson officially cutting the ribbon.


The Washington store, which opened today, has created over 40 jobs locally and will stock good food and household products for up to one third of their normal retail price. The official launch event was attended by a number of high profile figures including the MP and from the council, as well as industry representatives. At the ribbon cutting, members streamed through the gates in their many.


Company Shop Washington will operate on a membership basis, open to local people working in food manufacturing, the emergency services and the NHS. Membership is expected to reach around 20,000 within the first 18 months of trading.


The opening of the store follows the rapid expansion of the pioneering redistribution model across the country, after the latest store opened in St Helens in January. The new store adds an additional 8300 sq ft of retail space to the businesses network.


Company Shop works with major retailers, manufacturers and brands across the country, to stop more than 60 million items of surplus food and household products going to waste each year. The Company Shop Washington store will stock the surplus products at a fraction of their normal retail price, from the full range of Company Shop’s industry partners.


Surplus is created for a wide range of reasons in the supply chain – be it a wonky label, incorrect weight on a product, seasonable packaging or an incomplete batch. Company Shop takes this perfectly edible, wholesome surplus and redistributes it to its network of members, helping hard-working families to stretch their budgets, and the food manufacturing industry to prevent unnecessary waste.


Jane Marren, Managing Director of Company Shop, said:

 “We are delighted to have officially opened our latest Company Shop store and to have brought our innovative model to the North East. This is an area with a thriving food manufacturing industry and hard-working families who will benefit hugely from accessing discounted food in our stores which might otherwise have gone go to waste.

“We are hugely grateful for all of the support we have received so far, including from our partners, our members and the local community. We were delighted to have Sharon Hodgson MP and the Deputy Mayor in attendance”.


Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West said:

 “With food bank usage at a record high and people going to bed hungry in the UK in the 21st century, it is shameful that so much edible food is sent to waste each year. That is why I am so pleased to open Company Shop’s new store in Washington today, so that people working in food manufacturing, NHS and our emergency services can have access to redistributed stock at a discounted price.

 “It stops so much food going to waste and also helps families to stretch their budgets a little further.”