The Co-op is nearly doubling the number of stores which can deliver online groceries via the Deliveroo app to help “support shoppers” during the pandemic.
The convenience store giant is working to dramatically expand its online delivery operations through both its tie-up with Deliveroo and its own rapid delivery service.
While Co-op announced plans in November to roll out its Deliveroo partnership to 440 stores by mid-2020, this number is now set to be closer to 770 according to The Grocer.
Furthermore, its own same-day delivery service, which the supermarket trialled last March and plans to roll out to 650 stores by the end of the year, will see expansion accelerated.
Between the two services Co-op’s chief executive Jo Whitfield said that around 1000 catchment areas across the UK will now have access its online delivery service.
It announced its expansion plans amid its annual financial figures, seeing its total sales jump seven per cent to £10.9 billion in the 12 months to January 4, while underlying profits rose a whopping 50 per cent to £50 million.
The expanded partnership will be good news for Deliveroo which was forced to make hundreds of redundancies last week.
Despite numerous supermarkets and convenience stores entering new partnerships with Deliveroo as their own delivery operations are pushed to the limit, the closure of big chain restaurants like KFC have hit the company hard.