Details revealed of new Wellingborough coffee shop and store

We are excited to announce that a brand-new Co-op store and the popular local independent coffee chain Bewiched will open at Glenvale Park in late Summer 2024.

Our new launches will see the businesses set up their stalls as part of the development’s new local centre, which once complete in late Summer, will include a mix of retail, and food and drink amenities.

The retail offering will complement the existing amenities already available at our development, including a new family play park that opened earlier this month.

The new food store is being opened by the Heart of England Co-operative Society which owns the eight-unit local centre. It will offer Wellingborough residents a modern and vibrant shopping experience across the new 4,682 sq. ft sales area.

In addition to a wide range of meat, groceries, dairy products, wine and spirits, the Co-op will sell freshly made milkshakes, hot drinks, self-serve fizzy drinks, fresh flowers and children’s toys. There will also be an in-store bakery and deli, a chilled food-to-go range, Amazon parcel lockers and self-service check-outs.

The eco-friendly store will also have electric charging points in the car park, as well as an air conditioning and refrigeration system using around 40 per cent less energy than older equipment.

Chief executive Ali Kurji said owning the retail centre, and the new convenience store within it, represents an exciting and significant capital investment for the Society.

“This will be our 39th food store and second local retail centre. We opened a similar development in March 2022 at Lower Heathcote in Warwick where we also have a store.

“We are looking forward to embarking on this new chapter in our history and to helping other businesses which rent out our units the chance to prosper.

“The eight units, including our food store and a Bewiched coffee shop, will create new jobs and provide a range of valuable services to the public.”

With an aim of setting itself apart from generic coffee shop brands, Bewiched opened its first store locally in 2010 and has been growing steadily ever since.

With a total of 15 stores across the Midlands, its hot drinks and tasty treats are a firm favourite across the region, and its founders say the Glenvale Park opening will help it to brew future ambition of delivering 40 Bewiched sites by 2026.

Matt Fountain – Bewiched’s Northamptonshire-based founder – built the business from the ground up in just 10 years when he pumped redundancy money into his first shop in Wellingborough. 

Founder and Managing Director of Bewiched Coffee, Matt Fountain, said:

“When we launched the business twelve years ago from our unit in Wellingborough, our goal was to create something which set a new standard in terms of customer service for the UK coffee industry.

“Having grown from strength to strength in the years since our first shop, it’s great to be opening another Bewiched in the town, coming back to our roots to bring our tasty treats to the new community at Glenvale Park.

“As a resident of Wellingborough, it’s fantastic to be able to grow the business in Northamptonshire and see a real community forming among our customers. I’m looking forward to seeing the store bring together the new residents of Glenvale Park, becoming a place for all to enjoy, along with the other amenities.”

Mark Best, Director of Midtown Capital Ltd, Managing Partner of Glenvale Park LLP said:

We’re thrilled to have Co-op and an independent, local business like Bewiched join our community.

We have always been committed to delivering an inclusive, exciting and accessible place for Wellingborough, through providing excellent homes across a range of tenures, in addition to an array of green open spaces and quality amenities.

“Bewiched and Co-op are the perfect addition to our placemaking ambitions and I can’t wait to see the growing Glenvale community enjoy the tasty treats they have to offer when they launch to customers next year.”

As well as providing high-quality homes, we are committed to giving back to the community of Wellingborough through both community engagement, and a dedicated social value programme.

A development of 3,000 homes, Glenvale Park is a thriving new neighbourhood in Wellingborough, offering quality new homes, convenient amenities, and exceptional green spaces. For more information on our development, please visit

Heart of England Co-op’s roots go back to 1832 and it employs 740 people in its food and funeral divisions. It is the largest independent retailer in Warwickshire, also trading across Coventry, Northamptonshire and South Leicestershire.

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