The Co-op is the first major retailer to commit to protecting Britain’s valued community locals by joining with the Campaign for Real Ale to develop a set of principles for convenience store developments on pub sites.
The two developed guidelines, which highlight the importance to communities of retaining successful community pubs, but also recognise that some locals close because of poor trading and cannot be retained in pub use.
Anything like this is a move for the better, but it is only a small move
Mick Clark, communications officer for CAMRA’s Central Lancs branch, which covers Preston, Chorley and Leyland, said: “Anything like this is a move for the better, but it is only a small move. There should be proper planning in place to make sure the community comes first.”
CAMRA chief executive Tim Page said: “We’re delighted that such a well-known retailer like the Co-op has demonstrated its commitment to communities and become the first to develop a set of principles to guide its store development with the needs and wishes of local people in mind.”