- Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society
Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society Limited Type Consumer Co-operative Industry Retail (Wholesale) Founded 1867 Headquarters 220 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 OLS Key people Maurice Austin, President
Tony Gudgeon, Chief Executive
Products Grocer, Department Store, Funeral Director, Travel Agent Website www.chelmsfordstar.coop
Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society Limited is a consumer co-operative in the United Kingdom. It is a registered Industrial and Provident Society, a member of the Co-operative Union Ltd., the Co-operative Retail Trading Group, the Co-operative Travel Trading Group and a corporate member of Co-operative Group Ltd. (formerly Co-operative Wholesale Society), the largest consumer co-operative in the world.
The Society was founded in Chelmsford, mid Essex in 1867 with the intention of becoming "the Star of the County". According to the International Co-operative Alliance, “A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically controlled enterprise.” It operates supermarkets, Quadrant department stores, funeral directors and travel agents. Membership is open to all residents of the Society's trading area, with members receiving a share of the profits in the form of dividend.
Consumer co-operatives in the United Kingdom See also
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