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Co-op has announced the appointment of Rachel Hargreaves as its new director of property, development, and estates, as part of its strategic growth plans.

Hargreaves ’s position will involve a focus on “ensuring Co-op is at the forefront of landowners, developers and agents minds as the go-to convenience operator for new retail floor space,” said Co-op. 

She previously served as regional head of property at Lidl Great Britain and her role involved the implementation of the company’s expansion strategy by managing a five-year plan. 

Heather Thomas Co-op’s group property director said: “Rachel brings a wealth of experience and joins us at an exciting time as we continue to put in place the building blocks for our strategic growth plans across our Co-op.”

Commenting on her new role, Hargreaves said: “I am thrilled to join Co-op at such a key time. Co-op is an iconic British household name that is marking its 180th anniversary, and it is clear that the importance of co-operation in communities across the UK could not be more relevant today. This is an exciting opportunity with Co-op focussed on delivering increased value for its member-owners, and well placed to target additional growth through its core business areas.”