Surplus food distributor Company Shop has announced plans to create 50 jobs by opening an 8,000 sq ft store in Greater Manchester - its fourth store nationally.
The new store will be on the Stakehill Industrial Estate, Middleton and is due to open in mid November. Company Shop redistributes retailer own label and branded food, as well as surpluses from fast-moving consumer goods supply chains.
Company Shop already has stores in Grimsby, Corby, and Barnsley - where its headquarters is based.
The move represents a seven-figure investment for the business and support for the move has come from MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency, in the form of market information, property searches and recruitment.
The community store will be managed by former Asda employee Vijay Patel, who worked for the retailer for 30 years. In this role he raised over £250,000 for local and national charities as the retailer’s community champion.
Tom Rumboll, commercial director at Company Shop, said: “We encourage any food businesses in the region to get in touch, to discuss how we can work together to cut waste and achieve positive social and environmental impact from surpluses.”
Earlier this year, the business won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and was a finalist at the National Recycling Awards.