Lewis and Cooper is a grocery institution in north Yorkshire. It’s always a treat to visit the flagship Northallerton store because of the sheer range of quality goods on offer – for those unfamiliar, it’s a bit like the foodhall of a top-end department store, but more so.
I’ve often wondered why there’s only three stores, given the appreciation people always show, and in the latest edition of Yorkshire Life, the chairman explains the strategy.
It’s changed very little over the years, but that’s not down to a lack of ambition as the company’s Dr David Gearey explains.
“Yorkshire people don’t like us messing about with their store too much…….We want to expand further, but not at any cost. We have to find the right place and the right fit for us. Our objective is to have more stores and to become the north’s number one store for foodies, but caution is always key.”