AN innovative redistribution supermarket that prevents good food and household products from going to waste is set to open its doors in Bradford, creating 45 new jobs.

Company Shop Bradford, which will open in December, is part of the Company Shop Group, which works with major retailers, manufacturers and brands to redistribute surplus food and household products, including Morrisons, Marks and Spencer, Nestlé, Iceland and Tesco. 

It will be based at the Peel Centre on Valley Road, in a unit occupied until recently by Office Outlet.

All the products sold within the store are in date and perfectly good to eat or use, but are deemed ‘surplus’ and may have otherwise gone to waste due to incorrect or wonky labelling, seasonal packaging or overstock.

Shoppers will be able to snap up heavily discounted items while helping to tackle the challenge of surplus food and product waste.

Membership to the store is free and open to those working in the NHS, care and emergency services, prison service, British armed forces and the fast-moving consumer goods supply chain. During the current pandemic, membership has also been temporarily extended to include those on a means tested benefit.

Company Shop Group was founded more than 50 years ago in South Yorkshire by John Marren and the head office is still based there, near Barnsley.

The opening of the Bradford store will see the group’s presence in Yorkshire increase further.

There are also plans underway for the group to expand further in the area with its award-winning social enterprise, Community Shop, which will provide high-quality products at deeply discounted prices, as well as personal development support to families receiving welfare support. 

Steph McGinty, Deputy Managing Director for Company Shop Group said: “We are really excited about the opening of our first Company Shop store in Bradford. 

“As a business born in Yorkshire, we are looking forward to extending our longstanding presence in the area, allowing us to help stretch the budgets of even more families across the region and create 45 new local jobs, whilst preventing unnecessary waste.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support we have received from our industry partners, members, local organisations and the wider community, which alongside our Sustainable Investment Strategy, has made the opening of Company Shop Bradford possible."

The company has submitted a licensing application to Bradford Council to allow the sale of alcohol and the playing of recorded music on Monday to Saturday 6am to 10pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.