Mobile Retail Unit saves the day for the Cooperative’s Canada Way store in Worcester

When the Co-operative Group’s Canada Way store in Worcester had to close last week due to severe car damage incurred at the store, Rapid Retail’s mobile retail unit was on hand to save the day. As a collaborative effort, a temporary pop up store was delivered, installed and set up in less than 24 hours after the accident took place, where, luckily, no one was severely hurt.

As mobile retail unit specialists, Rapid Retail has been managing portable retail stores for the Co-operative Group’s food retail empire since December 2015. Nine mobile retail stores have been travelling up and down the country, allowing local Co-op supermarkets to continue trading during the company’s national refurbishment programme. The pop-up shops have also been deployed to maintain and provide a vital support service for flood affected communities.

The pop up store in Worcester will be serving the local community more than 100 popular grocery products and essential items.


The Co-operative Group’s Project Support Manager, Barry Kent, expressed his thanks to all concerned: “I was contacted by an Area Manager Mon 11-Apr to request a pop up shop due to an incident at our Canada Way store in Worcester where the store suffered extreme vehicle damage & had to close. Using a recently built pop up shop disaster recovery critical path, compiled as a result of the Boxing day floods, we were able to have a mobile retail unit on-site in less than 24 hours, as a means to serve the local community with a range of key ambient & chilled lines.

In a collaborative effort, power & data was organised through Facilities & IMAC & operational set up / briefing completed by Service Delivery & myself. Many thanks to Operations & all stakeholders in their reactive support & set-up of this operation.”

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