Great British Getaways...

With many parts of Europe and the rest of the world now requiring you to self isolate upon return, there’s never been a better time to holiday in the UK (and Ireland). Aside from this, there are plenty of reasons to holiday in Blighty....

1. The Extensive and Fascinating History

An Italian style dinner on the table in minutes — midweek meals never tasted so good

Cooking from scratch isn’t always realistic, especially during the busy working week. That’s where our tasty Italian style ready meals come in. Co-op Beef Lasagne and Co-op Bolognese Pasta Bake both contain 100% British beef, with pasta, a rich, creamy béchamel sauce and mature Cheddar cheese. Looking for something veggie?

Finding hope for a brighter future in the response to COVID-19

Eight out of 10 consumers who shopped locally during the Covid-19 lockdown intend to continue their new habit once the crisis is over, new co-op study shows.

One in three shoppers say that they have used local retailers more since the pandemic struck and 80% of them aim to carry on shopping this way in the future, according to a YouGov poll for Co-operatives UK.

Out-of-hours appointments available (Chelmsford Quadrant)

With our Chelmsford Quadrant store currently operating with slightly reduced hours to normal we are offering an appointment based service outside of these times.


If you would like a personal out-of-hours appointment with our furniture/beds/carpets team we can accommodate you from 8:30am-9:30am or 4:30pm - 5:30pm Monday to Saturday.


Please call our furniture department for an appointment on 01245 216917.


Where the UK wants to holiday in 2021...

Worldwide holidaymakers have had to put their trips on pause this year and with so much uncertainty surrounding the self-isolation rules, it's clear that most are now searching for a 2021 holiday to remember!

Only recently, after being given the green light, Spain is now back on the 'self isolation for 14 days after return' list, putting many off travelling there and grinding tourism back to a halt. 

Eat out to help out at Brambles Restaurants...

Brambles Restaurants, located within our Quadrant Department Stores will be offering 50% off food and drink on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.

The Chelmsford Restaurant is now open 10am - 3.30pm Monday to Saturday and the Braintree restaurant will be opening soon, in time for you to benefit from this fantastic offer. 

Brambles look forward to welcoming you back soon. 

Chelmsford Co-op raises over £34k for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance!

Chelmsford Star Co-operative has proudly announced that its employees, customers and members have together, raised a massive £34,606 for its thirteenth Charity of the Year, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.

Many fundraising events took place throughout the year to achieve this total, including book sales, remembrance evenings and raffles. However, the lockdown period brought on by the coronavirus pandemic did bring fundraising to somewhat of a halt!

Emily Smith, Society Marketing Co-ordinator commented;

The Summer Hot List...


From sweet treats to perfect picnic eats, here are all the latest must-buys to hit our food stores.

Summer has never looked or tasted so good…


1 LET THEM EAT CAKE Almost too pretty to slice! Co-op Irresistible Raspberry & Passion Fruit Cake

2 SNACK ATTACK Dried peach and pear will satisfy a sweet tooth. Co-op South African Fruit Mix, 60g