A Coventry freight forwarding firm is expanding after moving into the iconic Co-Op landmark city centre building.
Retail Transport Services (RTS) is the first business to move into Hawkins, the office element of The Co-Operative scheme in Corporation Street.
RTS works with suppliers and hauliers to transport freight by sea, air and road. They had outgrown their former base and the move into the new larger office at the development was needed.
Dave Hughes, managing director of Retail Transport Services, said: “We are very excited to move into our new office. It is a high-end scheme which has been refurbished to a very high standard, and its quality reflects the work of the business.
“Our new office will allow us to expand considerably.
“We are committed to helping people take a step on to the career ladder we are already taking on a new apprentice who will be starting with us in June.
“This will be our third apprentice, one of which has been with us for ten years.
“Coventry is seeing a huge amount of investment, with developments taking place across the city centre which will make it an even better place to live and work. We are extremely pleased to be in the heart of this.”
‘The Co-Operative’, based at the former Co-Op building, is a mix of high-spec apartments, office, retail and leisure space by award winning developers EDG Property.
The next phase of apartments will be released soon after the first ten were snapped up and RTS’s move marks another landmark in the exciting scheme for the city.
Neil Edginton, managing director of EDG Property, said: “We are delighted to formally welcome Retail Transport Services to Hawkins, the first phase of The Co-Operative development.
“It is a highly-successful business and we look forward to seeing its future growth. As Dave and his team settle in, we will be finishing the next phase of the development including 63 high-quality apartments and new restaurants.”
Cllr Jim O’Boyle Cabinet Member, Jobs and Regeneration, said that it was excellent to see that the development was helping to create jobs in the city. He added: “The Co-Operative scheme is a great example of a modern refurbished building that reflects on the important legacy of the original store. It will contribute to the wider regeneration of the city centre – including job creation. It’s a fabulous building.”