SHOCK AS CO-OP MOVES ITS HQ FROM NUNEATON
A HUGE firm is to leave its headquarters in Nuneaton after decades.
It has been revealed that the Heart of England Co-operative is to move its head office from within the arcade off Abbey Street.
The firm says it has had ‘no choice’ but to move its whole HQ and has found a new home eight miles away in Coventry .
The move comes just two years after the flagship Co-op store, based just yards from the HQ, was closed.
In the firm’s annual report, it states: “For the past six years, the society has been in regular discussions with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council about their plan to re-develop the town centre.
“The society are currently in negotiations for the sale of our head office site.
“It is with great reluctance that the society had no choice but to move out to new premises.
“We have been searching for some time for a new head office building in the Nuneaton area.
“However, despite our concerted efforts to find a suitable site and premises in Nuneaton , we have not been successful.
“Consequently we have had no choice but to relocate to the nearest available location which meets our requirements.
“We have recently identified a site which meets our requirements just north of Coventry at Whittle House, Courtaulds Way, Coventry, on the former Courtaulds site.”
Coventry Telegraph contacted the Co-op for a comment but the firm chose not to take the opportunity to provide one.
While the new location for the HQ has been revealed, there has still been no word on the sale of the iconic building, including the identity of the potential buyer.
It was at the start of last month that Coventry Live revealed that ‘negotiations’ were ongoing into the sale of the building.
Generations of families shopped at the store, which had a presence in the town for more than 130 years, but its last day of trading was on Saturday, June 18 2016. A campaign was launched to try and persuade Co-op bosses to have a change of heart, to no avail.
Efforts were also made by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council , as well as the town’s MP, Marcus Jones , to persuade bosses retain some of the store’s more popular departments, such as sofas and toys.
But their pleas fell on deaf ears and Art Deco building, which housed everything from a food hall to electrics and the famed Santa’s Grotto at Christmas, was closed.
Having such a large building stood empty has been a concern to the council and some of the emergency £200,000 package to boost the borough’s town centres was spent on ‘shop jackets’ to spruce up the empty windows.