The Southern Co-operative
About The Southern Co-operative
With over a 190 stores in the south of England, food retail is our largest area of business. Our core estate of convenience stores is complemented by a select number of community supermarkets in stand-alone village and market town locations. We run over 50 sub-post offices within our stores.
As a local food retailer, the customer service we pride ourselves on extends on extends beyond our customers to the communities we serve. The Co-operative brand is synonymous with responsible retailing and food ethics and we support local growers and producers through Local Flavours, our local food and drink range, sold in selected stores across the south.
We franchise 20+ stores which trade under the Welcome brand and have recently entered into a pilot franchise project with Starbucks.
Our End of Life Services business provides compassionate care and support with all aspects of funeral planning and arrangements.
We have over 50 funeral homes, a masonry business and florist shop supported by an Interflora accredited online floristry service.
We have also begun to develop our cremation and cemetery business with the opening of The Oaks Crematorium, Havant and the acquisition of a natural burial ground, Clayton Wood, in West Sussex in 2013.
We constantly strive to develop the Funeralcare area of our business and in 2008, we were proud to be awarded full accreditation from Interflora which led to the introduction of an online floristry service. Set in 8.5 acres, The Oaks Crematorium opened in December 2013. This eco-friendly state of the art facility is surrounded by beautiful ancient semi-natural woodland and wildflower meadow, providing a picturesque setting for the Crematorium building which has been sensitively designed. As well as creating a space that is relevant for all cultures, ages and beliefs, it provides a tranquil sanctuary for the bereaved, inspired by its natural setting. Our online and catalogue business offers a quality service and innovative products to help people facing the challenges of everyday living as a result of age, disability or accidents. Our aim is to provide products that enable people to live independently and with dignity.