The Co-Op is opening a new shop opposite Liverpool’s iconic Bombed Out Church.

The mini-supermarket is set to open below the giant Unite students flats complex that’s just been built in Leece Street, opposite the roofless St Luke’s Church .

Manchester-based Co-op says it’s spending more than £550,000 on the shop, which it says will feature an in-store bakery and “a focus on fresh, healthy foods”.

The firm says the store will create 15 jobs and will open in spring.

Tony Hind, the Co-op’s head of new store development, added: “We’re committed to finding great locations for our new stores, we know people want to be able to buy high quality food near to where they live and work, in handy-sized shops that are open at convenient times.

“We opened 100 new stores last year and will open another 100 again this year and are always on the lookout for new sites where we can be at the heart of local life.”

Plans are underway to open a Co-Op store underneath student accommodation on Leece Street, Liverpool. Photo by James Maloney

Unite’s St Luke’s View scheme now dominates the junction of Leece Street and Renshaw Street. Its main entrance is in Oldham Street but it stretches as far as Leece Street next to the old Post Office.

The complex has 776 beds and opened this September.

The planned Co-op store is just yards away from a Sainsbury’s Local shop, while there’s a Tesco Express just down the hill in…

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