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‘Welcome’ Co-operative Unveils New £1.6m Store in Backwell near Nailsea

17th May 2024

On Wednesday, 8th May the community of Backwell, situated in Nailsea welcomed a new addition to its retail landscape as the ‘Welcome’ co-operative brand opens its latest convenience store on 73 Station Rd.

Welcome Co-op Backwell promises to redefine convenience shopping in the area, providing essential services and delivering a fresh, modern shopping experience for locals.

Representing a significant investment in the local community, with a staggering £1.6 million spent on acquiring and refurbishing the premises, the new store spans 2100 square feet of retail space and 1500 square feet of ancillary facilities, which includes a petrol forecourt, free parking spaces, and a customer toilet. 

Led by store manager, Mrs. Kim Anderson, the store has created 15 new job opportunities, contributing to local employment and economic growth. Emphasising its commitment to community welfare, Welcome Co-op Backwell pledges to support local charities in due course, embodying the spirit of giving back.

We are thrilled to open the new Welcome Co-op store in Backwell, said Mrs. Kim Anderson, Store Manager. Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional service and a diverse range of products to meet the needs of our valued customers. We look forward to becoming an integral part of the Backwell community and serving its residents.

Committed to providing high-quality products and service, with a focus on community engagement and customer satisfaction, Welcome Co-op Backwell is the latest Welcome store to open in Bristol in partnership with a regional, independent co-operative – Southern Co-op. 

The store’s grand opening on 8th May kicked off with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 am, followed by a giveaway from Harvest cupcakes, and complimentary product samples from brands such as Monster Energy and Rollover hot dogs. Local musician Billy Driscoll provided entertainment, the first 20 customers received free goodie bags, and those spending £20 or more were treated to a complimentary bottle of wine, subject to availability and age restrictions.

Conveniently located near the train station, with extended operating hours from 6 am to 11 pm Monday to Saturday, and 7 am to 11 pm on Sundays, the store also includes food-to-go such as Rollover hot dogs, Dunkin’ Donuts, Calippo slush, Hershey’s, and Costa coffee.

About Southern Co-operative

Southern Co-op ( is a regional, independent co-operative operating more than 300 food, funeral and Starbucks coffee branches across the south of England as well as Welcome franchise stores. The large co-operative has a commitment to sustainable business and a promise to provide a fair, fresh approach, for all. This is achieved through investment in its communities, the action it takes to protect its environment and its support for local food producers. 

For more information, please contact Ian Croney at

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