Central England Co-op has announced a multi-million pound investment plan for 2019 which includes opening over 10 new food stores and funeral homes and the revamp of dozens more.

New and revamped food stores and funeral homes are currently planned for Stafford, Lichfield, Nottingham, Norfolk, Suffolk, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and Derbyshire.

Several other stores and homes across a wide range of towns and cities will also be given a major makeover as part of the plans including in Northamptonshire and the West Midlands.

Martyn Cheatle, chief executive of Central England Co-op, said: “We are really proud of the success of our business, especially with our continued good performance in what is a highly competitive and increasingly uncertain trading environment.

“We want to continue with that success and this is why we are committed to an ambitious growth and investment strategy during the next 12 months.”

The new and revamped food sites will feature upgraded fixtures and fittings including the latest in pioneering new energy-efficient refrigeration technologies to minimise environmental impact and LED lighting as well as great products, free parking, cash machines, a lifesaving defibrillator and food banks to support people across the local area.

The funeral homes will offer a vastly superior look and feel for families.

In 2018, the Society opened 10 new food stores and six new Funeral Homes as well as relaunching 22 funeral sites and 30 convenience stores.

The major development programme has seen individual areas such as Derbyshire receive over £4 million, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham and the West Midlands receive over £1 million each and Yorkshire benefit from an investment of £700,000.

It resulted in an investment of over £13.4 million, creating dozens of new jobs.