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Thread: Coventry city centre's landmark Co-op store to close in October

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    Default Coventry city centre's landmark Co-op store to close in October

    The huge Corporation Street shop has been bought by EDG Property, best known for major developments including The Cube in Birmingham.

    Bosses said the store - one of the city’s biggest and longest established - will shut on October 24, explaining the retail environment had become “increasingly challenging”.

    It has served generations of city shoppers for more than half a century and is loved by many for its legendary Santa’s sleigh ride which has been running at Corporation St since 1954.
    Local rag

    I remember many a ride on that sleigh as a kiddie. In fact, I think my mum still has a picture of me about 3 years old with Santa.

    A sad loss to the city in my opinion, but an even greater loss to society in general the way the Co-operative movement is declining.

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    I've never been to the Coventry co-op (never had a reason to), but it'll be another reason for the locals not to travel into the city centre.

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    Something about this seems suspect to me. Why would the developer take the building on if it can't make a profit on it paying rent at market rates? Why is the city council only charging £1 for a 250 year lease?

    http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/new...co-op-13332392

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